According to the Economist
(drawing on UN data), by the year 2100 there will be five countries that will
each have one million centenarians. These five countries are China, which is
predicted to reach the milestone in 2069, the United States in 2073, Japan in
2075, India in 2084 and Brazil in 2100. These predictions are a tribute to
better medical practice and the increase in our ability to keep people alive
for longer.

Let us hope that our societies (which is NOT JUST the government,
but also every one of us as individuals – yes, we also have responsibilities to
go with our myriad of rights) provide the best possible care for the very old.
This sort of thing should never happen. Perhaps as certain societies age, there might be a move toward more elderly
spending their last few years in their children’s home, surrounded by family.
Especially if rest homes are not able to keep up with the demand, or cannot be
trusted.  Mum and Dad always used to joke
that they would be spending 4 months of the year with each of us three children
after retirement. Maybe, sometime in the future this won’t sound quite as ludicrous as it once did to us? (I’m sure Mum and Dad never found it ludicrous…) 

Marcus Roberts is a Senior Researcher at the Maxim Institute in Auckland, New Zealand, and was co-editor of the former MercatorNet blog, Demography is Destiny. Marcus has a background in the law, both...