The practice of the Monarch congratulating her subjects on their 100th birthday is well
established. We have long been led to believe that we are all going to live a lot longer, which
brings into question whether, in the future, reaching 100 will be such a special occasion.
Financially, state retirement ages are being increased and our annual pensions are being decreased as
the actuaries run for cover, as the longevity predictions of their predecessors look rather ambitious.
However, recent studies have shown that the improvements in mortality have stalled. Is this because
the benefits of smoking cessation have largely been worked through? Is it because the annual flu
vaccine is less effective or is it the very early signs of governmental austerity measures?
As they say, only time will tell.