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.