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Life expectancy for Barking and Dagenham’s older people among lowest in London

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:24 12 February 2016

Older people are living longer than ever before, but Barking and Dagenham is still behind the rest of the country in life expectancy                      Picture: Johnathan Brady/PA Images

Older people are living longer than ever before, but Barking and Dagenham is still behind the rest of the country in life expectancy Picture: Johnathan Brady/PA Images

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Older people can expect to live longer than at any other time in history, but the borough’s population is still one of the shortest-lived in the capital.

Men in Barking and Dagenham who are aged 65 will on average live for another 17 and a half years (17.4) while women will live another 20 and a half (20.4), data released by Public Health England today show.

That puts women in bottom place in London and men second-bottom.

In the country as a whole, men can expect another 19 years from age 65, while women can expect 21.

Camden, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea have London’s longest-lived 65-year-olds, while Tower Hamlets and Islington join Barking and Dagenham at the bottom of the table.

Women aged 65 in Camden can expect to live another 24 years, while men can expect 20.3 more years.

Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said: “The reasons for the variation in trend between local areas are not yet clear. PHE will continue to monitor these trends and analyse the data for 2015 as soon as possible.

“Overall the report presents a positive picture nationally and life expectancy is the highest it’s been since we started measuring.

“Our current evidence shows that people are living longer but many are doing so in poor health.

This report is an opportunity to remind people that, even during mid-life, it is not too late to improve your health.”


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