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Prospects for long lives

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has produced the first in a new series of bulletins on population longevity. As well as including projections for longevity the report also covers current research into longevity. This edition looks how socio-economic status, early-life circumstances and walking speed, among other factors, affect length of life.

There are large differences in projected lifespan across countries. The principal estimate for expected average lifespan for boys born in 2010 ranges from 82 years in the US to 89 years in the UK. Females are expected to continue to live longer than males: The gap is expected to be roughly around three to four years for complete lifespan and around 2.5 years for average remaining lifespan at age 65.

 

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