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Increase in people aged over 90

29 September 2014 09:09

The number of people aged 90 and over has almost trebled during the last 30 years

The number of people aged 90 and over has almost trebled during the last 30 years

There has been an almost three-fold increase in people over the age of 90 in the UK over the past three decades, statistics show.

An estimated 527,240 people had celebrated their 90th birthday in 2013, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This meant there were 822 people aged 90 and over per 100,000 members of the public, almost trebling the figure in 1983 of 322 people per 100,000.

People in their 90s and older now account for 0.8% of the UK population.

A report on the ageing population, compiled by the ONS, says the numbers of people reaching very old age continues to rise.

It says there are myriad reasons for the proliferation of much older people. Among them are better medical treatments and improved standards in housing and quality of life.

The report also notes that more people are living healthier lifestyles now compared with 30 years ago with more people following better nutritional advice and cutting out dangerous habits like smoking.

Coping with flying when you're older

You don't have to be young to have the holiday of a lifetime. And as the population ages, more and more older people are going to start travelling overseas.

Seniors travel insurance is available for older people looking for peace of mind and a happy holiday.

Have a look at these top three flying tips for older people:

1) Plan carefully: A little bit of forward planning can make a world of difference when you're flying. If you book your flight early you can choose where you sit on the plane.

2) Keep on moving: an aisle seat will make it easier for you to stretch your legs by taking a brief stroll down the plane. You can walk off any stiffness and boost your circulation, which will help to keep Deep Vein Thrombosis at bay.

3) Be friendly: if the person you're sitting next to doesn't mind chatting, you can have a conversation with them. This can help to wile away the hours if you're on a long flight.