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Wiltshire men have 11 disability-free years after retirement

Wiltshire men have 11 disability-free years after retirement

Published by Jack Deery at 11:46am 6th February 2020.

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New figures show that the average man in the county develops one for the last 8 years of their lives.

With the state pension age of 65 and a life expectancy of 84, Wiltshire men spend an average of 19 years in retirement. 

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that they have 11 years of not working before they develop a disability. 

This can include any long-lasting physical or mental health condition limiting the ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

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It means that on average men in Wiltshire spend 8 years with a disability 

WILTSHIRE WOMEN 

Women in the county can expect a slightly better 12 years without a disability.

It does mean that that both sexes are above the national averages of ten. 

The figures are an estimate based on contemporary mortality rates and the number of people living disability-free.

Age UK says vast inequalities in disability-free life expectancy across the country reflects the disproportionate impact of budget cuts on poorer areas.

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Both sexes are above the ten year national averages

Caroline Abrahams, charity director, said: 

"The communities which we live in impact how we age, so cuts to local authorities and the Public Health Grant together with the chronic underfunding of the social care system mean that services which help older people stay well are being eroded.

These cuts have not been evenly shared and people living in the poorest areas have been hit the hardest, leading to growing inequalities."

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On average men in Wiltshire spend 11 years free from disability after retirement

STATE PENSION AGE

Currently the age of retirement in the UK is 65, but that is set to rise. 

It will be increasing to 66 at the end of this year and by 2028 it's expected to reach 67. 

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: 

"The best way to increase life expectancy and reduce inequalities is to prevent health problems from arising in the first place.

We’re committed to ensuring people can enjoy at least five extra years of healthy, independent life by 2035 and reducing the gap between the rich and poor. Our NHS Long Term Plan, backed by an extra £33.9 billion in cash terms a year by 2023-24, puts tackling health inequalities at its heart."

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