UK life expectancy at 65 has reached its highest level ever for both men and women, the Office for National Statistics says. It said: “Men aged 65 could expect to live a further 16.6 years and women a further 19.4 years if mortality rates remained the same as they were in 2003-05.”

The ONS said: “The increase in life expectancy among older adults has been particularly dramatic in recent years. “Between 1980-82 and 2003-05 life expectancy at age 65 in the UK increased by 3.7 years for males and 2.5 years for females. Around one-third of this increase occurred over the last five years. In general the increases in life expectancy over the same period have been broadly similar for each country.

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