After 65 years, you have between eleven and thirteen healthy years on average

The Drees published a study on the life expectancy without incapacity on Thursday. This has progressed compared to 2020.

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The Studies and Statistics Department of Social Ministries (DREES) published results a study on life expectancy in Good health from 65 years old. At this age, a man can hope to live more than 11.3 years without being unable in everyday life, and a 12.6 -year -old woman, according to statistics calculated from 2021 data. These results are increasing compared to 2020, where healthy life expectancy was 10.2 years for men and 11.8 years for women.

In France, recalls Drees, “life expectancy at birth is lining up regularly, but these years are not all necessarily experienced” in good health “”. This is why she has published since 2018 an indicator that measures healthy life expectancy.

According to the DREES, the indicator of life expectancy without incapacity at 65 has increased since 2008: two years and eight months for men and two years and seven months for women, it specifies She. Among the years remaining to live at 65, the share of those who will be experienced without incapacity increased from 47.7 % to 59.3 % between 2008 and 2021 for men. For women, it increased from 44.7 % to 54.4 %.

In 2020, the most recent year for which these data are available for all European countries, France was in the tenth rank of the 27 member countries of the European Union, with a level above the European average ( eight months). For women, France is in fifth row, above the European average (plus a year and eight months).

the impact of the COVVI-19 to take into account

According to the body of statistics, the Pandemic of COVID-19 has had an impact on the evolution of life expectancy and life expectancy without incapacity. In 2020, the indicators concerning health life expectancy had stagnated and those for life expectancy had even dropped. The two indicators nevertheless increased in 2021.

Drees nuances these results, which, according to her, be “analyzed with prudence”. “These indicators are based on estimates from the population declaring that they have been limited for at least six months in activities that people usually do because of a health problem,” she said. These estimates are obtained from investigation, normally carried out face to face, but which, due to the pandemic, had to be carried out by phone in 2020 and 2021, which could have distorted the results. “Part of the people declaring limitations in their activities are more difficult to reach on the phone than in face to face, which may have led to underestimate the prevalence of limitations in the population,” explains the DREES. The latter also evokes the context of restriction on travel and activities related to confinements and fire covering. “People with health problems may have felt less limited during the pandemic […] because the whole population was limited in their activities,” recalls the body.

According to Drees, it will be necessary to wait for the data collected in 2022, the year synonymous with “end of most of the restrictions caused by the epidemic of Cavid-19”, to determine if the increase in indicators linked to the Healthy life expectancy observed in 2021 continues, “excluding the context of restriction of travel”, concludes the drees.

/Media reports cited above.