Periods of healthy old age vary

Posted on November 29, 2008 

Periods of healthy old age ‘vary’

The health of older Europeans varies widely between countries, even in those with longer life expectancies, a report has claimed.

The researchers collected data on life-expectancy, then surveyed older people from each country to find out whether they felt that illness had limited their ability to carry out normal activities.

This was used to calculate how many “healthy life years” a man and woman from each EU country could expect after their 50th birthday. In some cases, this revealed problems not immediately apparent by just looking at life expectancy charts.

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