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Life Expectancy in Old Age Increasing

February 15, 2016
Public Health

A new report from Public Health England (PHE) shows that for those aged 65, men can expect to live another 19 years and women a further 21 years. The figures come after a fall in life expectancy amongst the same age group in 2011 and 2012.

Professor John Newton chief knowledge officer at PHE said; “Overall the report presents a positive picture nationally and life expectancy is the highest it’s been since we started measuring. People in England are living longer than ever and that makes achieving a good quality of life in later years even more important. Our current evidence shows that people are living longer but many are doing so in poor health.”

There are considerable regional variations with the North East and North West having lower life expectancy than other regions, while a quarter of English local authorities showed a decrease. The news comes shortly after a study by academics at Boston University revealed that exercise between the ages of 30 and 40 could help brain shrinkage leading to added life expectancy.

Researchers looked at 1,583 people with an average age of 40 enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study who were not suffering from any pre-existing medical conditions. The group took a treadmill test and then repeated the exercise along with an MRI brain scan 20 years later. Results showed that for every eight units lower a person performed on the treadmill test, their brain size two decades’ years later decreased to give the equivalent of two years’ brain ageing.

You can view the PHE report Recent Trends in Life Expectancy at Older Ages HERE.