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Response to research showing life expectancy at highest level ever

Read our response to research published by Public Health England which reports life expectancy at older ages is at its highest level ever.

”By understanding more about what influences happiness in later life, we can ensure fewer people miss out.”

The Centre for Ageing Better responds to research published by Public Health England which reports life expectancy at older ages is at its highest level ever. The figures from 2014 show that life expectancy in England at ages 65, 75, 85 and 95 increased between 2013 and 2014 (except for females aged 85).

Drawing on insights from Later Life in 2015, Anna Dixon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, said:

“The fact that we are living longer is something to celebrate and presents a huge opportunity for society. But as well as adding years to life, we need to add life to years – enabling people to enjoy a good later life. Our research has shown that there is a wide variation in how people experience later life, and that there are three interconnected factors that are key to a happy later life; health, financial security and social connections. By understanding more about what influences happiness in later life, we can ensure fewer people miss out.”

View the full Public Health England report and the Centre for Ageing Better’s Later Life in 2015 report.