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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Prof Debora Price appears on BBC Breakfast to talk about increasing life expectancies

23 February 2017

On 22 February, Professor Debora Price appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about increasing life expectancies.

This followed research from Imperial College which suggests that women in South Korea will soon have a life expectancy of over 90 years, the first group to do so in the world.

Professor Price explained that increases in life expectancy in the last 20 to 30 years have been driven by reductions in deaths in later life, through better control of diseases such as stroke, blood pressure and some cancers.

Professor Price highlighted the critical question regarding quality of life during extended lifetimes. She argued, “What we see here is inequality. Some people have a very poor quality of life, some have a better quality of life, some are in their 80s and 90s having a wonderful time”.

She stressed that good, equal access to healthcare is key to achieving longer, healthier lives, and not just during older age; “Many academics in this field would say tackling health inequalities is really the thing we have to do, and that’s all the way through life. We know that health when you are young, as a young adult, and in mid-life really impact health in later life.”

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