What Are Centenarians Dying From?

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A study conducted in London shows that centenarians — people age 100 and older — are more likely to die from pneumonia or frail health than conditions like cancer or heart disease. (surroundsound5000/Flickr)

The population of centenarians — people age 100 and over — is growing across the globe.

People over 100 years are expected to reach 3.2 million by 2050, according to a new study by Kings College in London.

The study, which examined the cause of death among the growing demographic, found that centenarians are less likely to die of cancer or heart disease at that age, and more likely to die from pneumonia or frail health.

Catherine Evans, clinical lecturer on palliative care at King’s College London, lead author on the study joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to talk about her findings.

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  • Dr. Catherine Evans, clinical lecturer on palliative care at the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London.


article source: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/06/09/centenarians-death-study

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