Self Care Conference 2016
Self Care Conference Report: Longer Lives but in poorer health
First the good news – life expectancy in the UK is rising. Today, at current rates, one in five boys and one in every three girls aged five will live to celebrate their 100th birthday.
But there is also bad news – while people are living longer, they are also spending more of their extra years in poor health. Moreover, not everyone is sharing in the overall trend towards longer living; in 2013, if you were living in the most deprived areas of the country, you could expect to be only just getting close to the life expectancy levels enjoyed by less-deprived groups way back in 1990, the Self Care Forum (SCF)’s annual Self Care Conference, held recently in London, has heard.