According to Public Health England, the over 65s in England are living longer now than ever before.
The figures show that men aged 65 could expect to live another 19 years, and women aged 65 could expect to live another 21 years. Although the figures do vary across the country. The North East and North West have lower life expectancy than other regions.
The only region that did not have an increase in 2014 life expectancy, was in the North East. However elsewhere we can see over 65s are living longer:
“Life expectancy among older age groups in England rose to its highest level in 2014 – with male life expectancy increasing by 0.3 years at age 65 and 0.2 years at ages 75, 85 and 95 since 2013.” – The BBC
In the same report, the life expectancy in Scotland was also shown to have improved. A 65-year-old man is now expected to live for another 17.4 years, with women now living for a further 19.7 years according to these statistics.
Read the full article on The BBC.
Although increasing life expediencies in over 65s is positive, its’ important that we are also ageing healthily. There are however concerns that too many elderly people are living in poor health. So, although living longer lives over 65s may not lead healthy and happy lifestyles.
Prof John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England said,
“This report is an opportunity to remind people that, even during mid-life, it is not too late to improve your health. Most of us could make changes today, like stopping smoking, being more active or eating better, that would allow us to look forward to healthier later years.” – Prof John Newton
Staying healthy over 65
There are many ways that you can improve health in over 65s by small lifestyle changes;
- Drink less alcohol or cut out alcohol altogether
- Stop smoking
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Stay active if possible
By following these simply tips, people are giving themselves the best possible chance of avoiding serious medical conditions.
Find a hobby
As the over 65s are living longer, its important that they keep themselves busy and active, not only for the health reasons talked about in this article but to ensure that they live happy lives. Loneliness and boredom is a serious issue with the elderly, so by finding a hobby or travelling it becomes easier to meet new people and have a social life.
Joining a local leisure centre or sports club is a great way of not only staying healthy, but also meeting people with the same interests as you. It means you also have a weekly place to go and visit, getting you out of your house and that armchair.
Maybe you wish to challenge yourself by playing video games, tackling puzzles or by learning a new skill such as sewing. Completing tasks like these help to keep your brain active and studies suggest that this helps in the fight against dementia.
Getting out and seeing the world is also a great thing to do as you get older. Cruises have become very popular and there are so many different options available. You can literally visit the different continents of the world in the comfort of a luxury cruiser.
Of course, you don’t need to leave the country if you don’t want to. There are plenty of amazing sights to see here in the United Kingdom, such as the Lake District and Cornwall, alongside historic cities such as York, Bath and Chester.
Care for the Over 65s
If you are concerned that a loved one may suffer a fall in older age, a Telecare alarm may be a great solution. You can phone us on 0800 635 7000 to discuss our alarms, prices, and how to refer a client or patient.