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Over-65s in England are out-living previous generation

Figures show that over-65s in England are outliving previous generations and ‘living longer than ever before’, according to a study conducted by Public Health England.  

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Over-65s in England are out-living previous generation

Figures show that over-65s in England are outliving previous generations and ‘living longer than ever before’, according to a study conducted by Public Health England.  

Men can now expect to live for another 19 years, with women for a further 21 years, however there is growing concern that too many elderly people are living in poor health, with diet and exercise influencing life expectancy.

The results vary across the country as the North East and North West are at the bottom of the chart for having the lowest life expectancies for 65-year-olds than any other region.

In 2014 life expectancy amongst the older age groups in the country rose to its highest level. Male life expectancy increased by 0.3 years, and a further 0.2 years for those aged 75, 85 and 95 since 2013, with females equalling those results.

In previous years, particularly between the same age groups in 2011 and 2012, life expectancy fell for women and plateaued for men.

It comes as a study based on the revised pension freedoms of April last year has revealed more people are focusing their attention on home improvements at an older age, such as extending their properties, investing in affordable stairlifts and other interior and exterior maintenance, giving people the freedom to enjoy their retirement.

Unlike in the past when statistics based on mortality rates started at birth, analysts are now focusing their attention to older age groups as most deaths in England occur around the 80-year mark.

Speaking to the BBC, Prof John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, commented: "This report is an opportunity to remind people that, even during mid-life, it is not too late to improve your health.

"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."

The rest of the UK, particularly in Scotland, saw continued improvement with men living for another 17.4 years and women stretching out to 19.7 years.

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