Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more and more seniors are living to celebrate their 100th birthday. A 2014 CDC report indicates that the number of centenarians in the U.S. is 72,197, which is up 43.6 percent from only 14 years ago in 2000. Back then the number was 50,281. Even farther back in 1980, statistics report that there were 32,194 American centenarians. Looking ahead, experts note that we may have as many as 387,000 centenarians by the middle of the century. Among today’s centenarians, more than 80 percent of them are females.
Experts point to the fact that the reason why so many seniors are living longer is attributed to getting better medical care as well as living a healthier lifestyle. One of the contributors to the study, Dr. Thomas Perls, a geriatrician and director of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston Medical Center, reports that genetic research shows close to “17 percent of the U.S. population has traits that increase their chances of living past 100.” He predicts that baby boomers will significantly increase the number of centenarians as they grow older.
The report reiterates that in the past people were susceptible to a number of diseases that no longer constitute as big of a threat. In addition the study states that the primary causes of death in centenarians are: heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, cancer, influenza and pneumonia.
Our goal at MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arrowhead is to offer seniors a chance to fully enjoy their retirement years by providing a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community with an array of incredible amenities and activities. Furthermore, once you see our community firsthand, we are confident you will be impressed with our beautiful private suites and gorgeous common areas.
MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to value, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. To experience firsthand the finest senior living in the Phoenix area, contact us to schedule a tour.