Thursday, August 2, 2018

The World's Oldest People

The world's oldest people are in Japan.  The life expectancy for Japanese is 81.7 for males and 88.5 for females.

The world's oldest man, Masazo Nonaka of Hokkaido, celebrated his 113th birthday last Wednesday.  

Last Sunday Chiyo Miyako of Kanagawa Japan, died. At the time of her death she was the world's oldest person.  She credited her long life to eating eel, drinking red wine, and never having smoked.  Born on May 2, 1901, she became the world's oldest person in April this year after Nabi Tajima from the Kikai Island in southern Japan died at age 117.  

The new oldest person is 115 year old Kane Takana of Fukuoka, Japan. Here she is during her 115th birthday celebration at her nursing home. 

The life expectancy for American men is 76.9 years and American women 81.6 years. How long do people live in your country? Would you want to live to be 100+?


  1. Hi Pamela an interesting post,i am not sure of the life expectancy in my country,i would only want to live that long if my mind was good and if i could still get around and do things,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

  2. I have A Lot of things to do yet, and so yes, I would want to live to 100 at least! Issue, of course, is quality of life. I've recently been reading about some advancements that may allow us to live well longer.

    The life expectancy numbers can be a little misleading, though. They typically include, for example, people who may have died in accidents at a young age. I have to wonder what the "average" old age actually is.

    1. Hi Jen you are right! Life expectancy at birth even include baby who died at very young age! In demography we use Life Expectancy at 65 years old, or Modal Age at Death. These 2 indicators give a better representation of old age mortality than life expectancy at birth:)

  3. In Sweden the life expectancy is 84.1 for females and 80.6 for males. As I have lived most of my life in Japan I hope to live longer than that, but I only want to reach 100+ if I were fit and able to look after myself.

  4. In OZ life expectancy for men is 80.5 yrs and for women 84.6. I had to go and look that yp Pamela as I had no idea!! In NZ men 76.4 and women 81.2, I wonder why it is less in NZ, the only thing I can think of is that the Maori peoples have a shorter life expectancy that the white NZ'ers. A completely irelevant but interesting statistic, NZ born Chinese women born during 2018 can expect a life of 92.5 years!! My Mum is nearly 93 and going strong!! I have always read that Japanese people are very long lived.

  5. No, I don't think I want to live past the time that I can take care of myself and be mobile. I don't know how old that is. My mother in law is past 92 and my sis is 87. However long I live, I just want to be healthy and enjoy it.
    xx, Carol

    BTW...I LOVE that first picture!

  6. I would only want to live to 100 if I could live comfortably, not in pain, with resources for care and a good life. Otherwise, I'll pass!

  7. The newest numbers I found for Germany are 77.5 for men and 82.6 for women. As long as I can still do stuff I enjoy, I don't think I would mind living past 100 years...but I might feel different about that when I'm getting older :)

  8. Life expectancy is « at birth ». Its a mean of all people who died on a given year. In countries where babies die a lot, like in Africa, expectancy is lower. Also, variation may be important from year to year. A war, a disease and even the epidemy of drug may cause important changes on life expectancy. In demography, when we modelize death of older people, we use life expectancy at 65 years old to minimise the bias of young people dying, and modal age at death - the age when most people die. Those two indicators give an older age than life expectancy, and a better representation of old age mortality:)