The quick answer, life expectancy in the US has dropped from 78.9 years to 78.8 years. That’s not a big drop, but it is a drop. Even as health care technologies advance and more people have health insurance, we are witnessing a decrease rather than an increase. The drop is bigger for men (76.5 years to 76.3 years) than for women (81.3 years to 81.2 years). The good news is that, people who make it to 65 years old are likely to live 19.4 more years (18.0 for men, 20.6 for women.) Alzheimer’s and accidents were the largest increases (15.7% and 6.7% respectively.) Steady improvement in quality of life is not a given.
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