Chances of Living to 100

What are your chances of living to 100? According to research, about 1 in 1,000 people live to be 100. Ironically, some people live to be 100 in spite of bad habits, such as smoking or drinking.

What are the keys to living a century?

Good genes. Of those you live to 100, fifty percent have a close relative who also lived to an old age.

Fast walker. It’s not necessarily how far you walk or if you walk for exercise, but the speed of your stride. Upon review of numerous studies, researchers found that there is a relationship between the speed people over 65 walk and how long they will live.

Lots of people in your life. Being alone can be deadly according to studies. People who live longer tend to have more social interactions and people in their lives.

Being a woman. It’s simply a matter of numbers. Eighty-five percent of people who live to be 100, are women.

If you’re a woman, birthing children later in life. Women who conceive and give birth after 40 are four times more likely to live to 100 than women who don’t.

People are living longer than in the past. The younger you are now, the higher your chance of living longer. Life expectancy is growing.

Worry, but just a little. If you’re a worrywart, you tend to die younger. But, you if you have a devil may care attitude, you’re also likely to die younger. If you worry just a little, then you have the best chance of living longer.

Not being overweight. People who live to be 100 tend to be of average weight or slightly above. Ironically, being underweight is just as much of a disadvantage as being obese.

Researchers believe that having ‘good’ genes has a lot to do with living 100, but it’s not everything. Of course, you won’t know if you have the right combination until you’re blowing out 100 candles.

About Cathy Severson

Cathy Severson helps baby boomers find more meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Get your copy of her complimentary e-book Guide to Retirement Activities a comprehensive look at work, volunteering and leisure based on an individuals’ personalities. Call for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to answer your most pressing concern. 928.775.4949 or email Cathy at

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