Throughout life and over time

It is no surprise that, as individuals age, the number of years they have free from disability reduces. Over time, however, the number of estimated years living free from disability at any age has increased for men and women (Figure 1).

Men aged:

  • 25–29 in 2003 can expect to live an additional 37 years free from disability, increasing to 41 years for men of that age in 2015
  • 50–54 in 2003 can expect to live an additional 17 years free from disability, increasing to 20 years for men of that age in 2015
  • 75–79 in 2003 can expect to live an additional 3 years free from disability, increasing to 4 years for men of that age in 2015.

Women aged:

  • 25–29 in 2003 can expect to live an additional 40 years free from disability, increasing to 42 years for women of that age in 2015
  • 50–54 in 2003 can expect to live an additional 18 years free from disability, increasing to 21 years for women of that age in 2015
  • 75–79 in 2003 can expect to live an additional 4 years free from disability, increasing to 5 years for women of that age in 2015.
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Figure 1 Alternative text

Chart showing the number of years that males and females can expect to live without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by 5 year age group, and by year, including 2003 and 2015. The chart shows females, aged 40-44 in 2015, can expect to live 29 years without disability, compared with 26 years for females aged 40-44 in 2003.