Planning for Life

To Live Really Long, Be Female and Japanese

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on June 28, 2016

By Harry S. Margolis


According to the website of the Gerontology Research Group, of the 50 oldest people living today, 48 are women and almost half—24—are Japanese. The United States comes in second with eight so-called supercentenarians—people 110 or older—of whom one was also born in Japan. The oldest American is currently Goldie Michelson, a Massachusetts resident born in Russia who will turn 114 on August 8th. She currently ranks 11th in the world. Number 12 is also American, Adele Dunlap of New Jersey who will be 114 on December 12th.

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See the US Population Age Before Your Eyes

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on May 10, 2016

By Harry S. Margolis


Check out the dynamic graph below that represents the US age distribution from 1933 to 2100. It starts as a narrow pyramid with a relatively even age distribution narrowing as it gets to older ages. Then it takes on an arrowhead shape as the dearth of births during the Depression begins to work its way up through the ages.

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