At age 65

Focusing on health expectancy at age 65 is a useful measure for monitoring healthy ageing within the population.

Men aged 65 in 2015 can expect to live, on average, another:

  • 9 years free of disability
  • 10 years with some level of disability, including around 3 years with severe or profound disability (Figure 1).

Women aged 65 in 2015 can expect to live, on average, another:

  • 10 years free from disability
  • 12 years with some level of disability, including around 6 years with severe or profound disability (Figure 1).

For people aged 65 in 2015 this equates to living just over half of their remaining lives with some level of disability (53% for men and 55% for women).

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Figure 1 Alternative text

Chart showing the number of years at age 65 that males and females can expect to live with and without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by disability severity, and by year, including 2003, 2009, 2012 and 2015. The chart shows females, aged 65 in 2015, can expect to live 10 years without disability and 12 years with disability, compared with 9 and 10 years for males.