CNN had an article titled “The darker side of living to 100” which examined the costs associated with extreme ageing. The morbidities and infirmities that the extremely aged suffer are not so much ignored as abandoned to the efforts of medical services and social care.
“In Denmark, one of the few national surveys of nonagenerians was conducted around the turn of this century. The researchers found that the majority contacted had some disability and that women were more often affected than men. The same researchers also observed that “about 10% of the octogenarians and more than 55% of the centenarians live in nursing homes, while dependency rises from approximately 30% to 70%, and the prevalence of dementia rises from approximately 7% to 50%”.
Estimates suggest that chronic pain “in people aged 85 years or older is common”, affecting the majority of people from this age group.