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Girls born in Norfolk face more than 20 years of poor health in later life

Girls born in Norfolk face more than 20 years of poor health in later life

Published by KLFM
4:26pm 20th December 2019.

Girls born in Norfolk face more than 20 years of poor health in later life, figures reveal. 

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that girls born here between 2016 and 2018 have an average life expectancy of 84 years. 

That's above the UK average of 82 but their healthy life expectancy is 62.

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This means they will spend around 20 years struggling with their well-being.

Healthy life expectancy is partly based on a survey in which people are asked about their general health.

Boys born in locally between the same time frame have an average life expectancy of 79.9 years, and can expect to live 63.1 of those in good health on average.

The picture in Norfolk broadly reflects that across the UK, where the amount of time spent in poorer health increased for both sexes over the period.

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Angus Hanton, co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation, which promotes intergenerational fairness, said:

“Unless urgent action is taken, we could be consigning children born today, and particularly those from more deprived areas, to longer periods of ill health in old age.

“This is preventable but it needs commitment from the new government to prioritise funding.”

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said older women are more likely than men to be living on a low income, and could be hit hard by difficulties accessing social care.

She added:

“It’s vital that everyone in later life has access to the support and information they need to stay well in retirement, wherever they happen to live.”

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