Article preview: One of the biggest stories of the past century has been a steady and impressive rise in life expectancy. Life expectancy has been on the rise globally for many years, and despite recent suggestions of a slowdown or pause in life expectancy improvements, we can enjoy many more years of life (on average) today than ever before. But there is an important distinction to make between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. The latter describes the number of years we can expect to live, on average, in good health.
Understanding the healthy life expectancy gap
This 530-word blog post describes the difference between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, including the latest official figures on the gap between these figures in the most and least deprived parts of England and Wales. Written on 27th March 2019.
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