Ageing and Longevity

The maximum human life span will likely increase this century, but not by more than a decade

Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, officially the world's oldest person, celebrates her 122nd birthday with a chocolate cake

Jeanne Calment lived until she was 122 years and 164 days old. Image: REUTERS

Michael Pearce
PhD candidate, University of Washington
Adrian Raftery
Boeing International Professor of Statistics and Sociology, University of Washington
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Median and 95% confidence interval population projections in age range 11-114 by year in 5-year increments.
The number of people set to surpass 110 years old could increase this century. Image: Demographic Research
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