Key points from article :
Difference in life expectancy for a 65-year-old:
1992: 17.5 years with 8.9 years free from disability
2008: 18.8 years with 10.7 years free from disability
Mainly due to improvements in cardio-vascular health and declines in vision problems.
As much as half of the improvement is because of medical care, especially statin drug treatment.
Improvement in vision health almost entirely down to improvement and availability of cataract surgery.
COMMENT: this goes against the general thinking that healthspan wouldn’t increase as fast as lifespan