Research by King’s College London, based on the analysis of 36,000 death certificates, has found that centenarians tend to have evaded the common diseases of old age, such as cancer and heart disease. Instead they are more likely to die of infections, such as pneumonia, commonly after a brief stay in hospital rather than after long periods in care homes. This may have implications for planning future primary and community healthcare services to meet hidden needs of this increasing sector of the population.
Triggle, N. (2014). Centenarians ‘outliving diseases of old age’. London: BBC Health News, June 4th 2014.