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Friday, January 22, 2016

Over 100

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Americans Are Making It to 100 Like Never Before

They’re living to a ripe old age. The rate of Americans making it past their 100th birthday has jumped by 43 percent in a decade. Death rates for centenarian women dropped 14 percent, and 20 percent for men, between 2008 and 2014, which means that folks with the greatest longevity are also sticking around longer. But their chances of developing Alzheimer’s also increased — from 3.8 to 8.5 percent — making the brain disease the second leading cause of death, after heart disease, for those over 100.

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