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Human Longevity, Individual Life Duration, and the Growth of the Oldest-Old Population

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Human Longevity, Individual Life Duration, and the Growth of the Oldest-Old Population - Robine, Jean-Marie
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Old-age survival has considerably improved in the second half of the twentieth century. The life expectancy in wealthy countries has increased, on average, from 65 years in 1950 to 76 years in 2005. The rise was more spectacular in some countries: the life expectancy for Japanese women rose from 62 years to 86 years during the same period. Driven by this longevity extension, the population aged 80 and over in those countries has grown fivefold from 8.5 millions in 1950 to 44.5 millions in 2005. Why has such a substantial ...

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