Financial analysts concerned that money worries will become the norm for people as more older people than ever pass their centenary birthday.
The Office for National Statistics data reveals that there are currently approximately 13,780 people who are 100-years-old or more.
The number of people receiving their telegram from the Queen is expected to continue to rise, prompting the fear that people will need to work for much longer into their supposed retirement years, and save more money for retirement whilst working.
Advances in medicine, standards of living and better overall general health have contributed towards an ever-growing ageing population in the country.
In fact there are so many people reaching their century birthdays nowadays that people wonder if the Queen should wait until people reach their 105th or 110th for their prestigious telegram. In fact the telegram is now a card, and it is the Department of Work and Pensions responsibility for sending out the cards, not Buckingham Palace, which has had to take on extra staff to cope with the workload!
The ONS predicts that the number of people aged over 100 will increase tenfold over the next decade to 33,989 and then by around 2034 there will be over 80,000.
The UK ranks fairly highly on the list of countries whose residents enjoy longevity.
Japan ranks the highest in the charts for people aged 90 or over for every 100,000, with 1,266. After Japan, Western European countries fare well for the elderly.
Sweden had the most elderly residents aged 90 or over in Europe at 1,004 per every 100,000 and then France with 995.
Harsh winters and even harsher political regimes in former Eastern Block countries means that such places tend to have lower numbers of residents reaching their 90s, the lowest in Europe is Russia with just 212 per 100,000.
It’s has been estimated that there are still around 104,000 people still alive in the UK who were born during WW1 from 1914 to 1918, which means a sudden boom is expected of the next couple of years, after the war there was a baby boom so turning 100 could become something quite ordinary instead of unique with the next decade.