Older people in England are living longer than ever before

A report from Public Health England says that for those aged 65, men can expect to live for another 19 years and women a further 21 years but there is concern that too many elderly people are living in poor health.

The figures vary across the country, with the North East and North West having lower life expectancies for 65-year-olds than other regions.

Life expectancy among older age groups in England rose to its highest level in 2014 – with male life expectancy increasing by 0.3 years at age 65 and 0.2 years at ages 75, 85 and 95 since 2013.Female life expectancy increased by the same amounts at the same ages.

Prof John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said the report presented a positive national picture that made achieving “a good quality of life in later years even more important.This report is an opportunity to remind people that, even during mid-life, it is not too late to improve your health,” he said.”Most of us could make changes today, like stopping smoking, being more active or eating better, that would allow us to look forward to healthier later years.”

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