Summer Time and Longevity …

All of us here in Europe were robbed this night of an hour of our lives. Fortunately (unfortunately?) this hour will be returned to us on Sunday October 26 when we all go back to Winter Time. This brings me to longevity … Latest statistics published here in Paris show that the French are living […]

All of us here in Europe were robbed this night of an hour of our lives. Fortunately (unfortunately?) this hour will be returned to us on Sunday October 26 when we all go back to Winter Time.

This brings me to longevity …

Latest statistics published here in Paris show that the French are living longer and longer. (Whatever you do, don’t tell the Brits!)

There are now more than 20,000 100-Plussers here: that’s ‘me-speak’ for someone who is older than 100. Now what is ‘me-speak’? That’s my why of speaking; I have a Blog-Stalker (that must be ‘me-speak’ too) who never leaves a comment but who sends me e-mails to knock what I’ve written, so now he can also correct me on my ‘me-speak’.

Anyway, as the statistics also show, a woman in France (I’m not saying a French woman because I presume that this goes for any woman living in France) can now expect to live to 84.5. In 2006 this was 84.2. Men living in France (for the same reason I’m not saying Frenchmen) can expect to live to the age of 77.6. In 2006 it was 77.2, so the male population isn’t quite getting it right here.

Of the 100-Plussers, about 10 are over 110. “It appears that after 100, the risk of dying decreases. It is as if the human body, once it has become old, stabilizes. Survival then no longer depends on protective conditions,” says Jean-Marie Robin, the French population expert (demographer). Encouraging to know this because, just think, as soon as you are 100 you can smoke, drink and eat as much chocolate as you wish and you’re not endangering your health, or your life, for that matter.

If the current trend in good aging continues there ought to be 60,300 100-Plussers here in 2050. (In 1990 there were *only* 3760.) And 16.6% of the population will be over 75.

To quote you some more statistics: According to the World Health Organization (WHO) women live longest in Japan (86 years) followed by Monaco (85) and then Andorra, Australia, France, Italy, San Marino, Spain and Switzerland(84). Men live longest in San Marino (80 years), followed by Australia, Iceland, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland (79). (WHO’s statistics, supplied by its 193 member countries, though, date from 2005, so they are bound to have changed.)

However, women in France with their 84.5 years now live longer than other European women and on a world scale only Japanese women live longer.

So, I wonder why the women of France live so long. Do you know what I think it is? It is because not only do Frenchmen do the cooking, they also do the washing-up.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

2 Responses

3-31-2008 at 12:10:00

Is that why you live in France Marilyn, LOL. That is interesting, I wonder what they do or eat etc. to increase longevity, or what the Japanese women do. Since when did Frenchmen start cooking and washing up. Not when I was staying there, it was always Madame who took care of such things. In our home, both of us share the tasks, does that help us to live longer do you suppose??

4-1-2008 at 18:26:00

I like the idea of Frenchmen doing the washing up. Must tell my hub that.
Catherine Modin

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