What are your odds of living to 100?

Many people want to live to the age of 100, but it’s not always easy to get there. According to a recent article on HealthDay.com, it has been commonly assumed for many years that once someone reaches the age of 80, an average person’s risk of dying rose slowly every year, compared to an average person, whose risk of dying jumps every eight years after turning 20.

But HealthDay.com cited new research which suggests that the age of 100 is still a difficult goal for many people to achieve.

“The risk that people will outlive their savings may be exaggerated,” Leonid Gavrilov, a researcher from the University of Chicago, told the news source.

Gavrilov and his wife, who helped him co-write a study on the subject, found that after the age of 80, the chances of living to 100 decreased.

These findings will not keep anyone from reaching 100; in fact, such studies will help determine what risks keep people from living to their desired age. Many reports and scholarly surveys have shown that exercise, both physical and mental, as well as keeping a strong social circle, ideally combined with volunteer or other stimulating work, will help many seniors live to 100 and beyond. Watch out for more assisted living and retirement communities in the coming years.