In fact, if you were born in 2007, there's a 50 percent chance you will live to be 100 - when faced with this data, what does the future hold for physiotherapy?
This question has been asked by Anna Lowe, a senior lecturer of physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University and member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, who addressed the situation in an article on the organisation's website
"From a professional perspective, it really brought home the reality of the situation that is occurring," she writes. "We all know that people are living longer but are not yet confronted with this on a daily basis - at least not yet.
"If the make-up of the population is changing, then there must be implications for physiotherapy."
Lowe argues that those who are living longer may not be sufficiently stimulated in a longer retirement and may opt to work for longer, creating new challenges for physiotherapists.
Citing that 41 percent of all work-related health cases involve musculo-skeletal problems and that these sorts of cases become increasingly common with age, she suggests that there may be increased demand for physiotherapy.
This demand could be increased further if the government decides to reduce welfare payments by fast-tracking plans to increase the retirement age.
At the moment, the current retirement age is 65. This will increase to 67 by 2028, but faced with the financial pressures of an ageing population, the government may consider bringing these plans forward or push the retirement age beyond 70.
This is a very real possibility - in 2014/15, approximately £114 billion in welfare spending was paid to pensioners (roughly 55% of welfare spending overall), and this is set to rise to around £128 billion by 2019/20.
To many, this is an unsustainable situation which could be solved by increasing the retirement age and plugging the gap with the income tax generated by the decision.
If this were to be the case, physiotherapy would become increasingly important in keeping an older population working for longer - something Lowe argues in her article.
She writes: "We may well see people working while managing long-term morbidities and comorbidities, and these rates increase with age.
"This may require a greater flexibility in employment options and more support to stay well at work. Physiotherapists should be central to this."
Lowe's solutions to an older working population include more physiotherapists avoiding specialisation in favour of a generalist skillset designed to support a workforce with complex multimorbidities.
She also suggests that physiotherapists take preventative action during the workers' younger years in order to reduce number of interventions that may be required in later life.
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