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People nowadays live longer, but in poorer health


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Life expectancy is increasing, but the number of years of healthy life in retirement is not.

Report highlights the growing inequalities in life expectancy around the country.

Number of years one can expect to be healthy varies dramatically by location.

65-year-olds living in London have 6.5 years of healthy life expectancy, people in Richmond have 14.5 years.

More than a quarter of zero-hours work is undertaken by the over-50s.

12% of the age group are renting their home in 2015/16 – up from 4.1% in 2003/04.

Adults are spending an increasing number of their retirement years in poor health

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Researcher in IPPR's Work and Welfare team.


UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, and what happens next


Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford.