… but will healthcare system be ready to cope?
GIRLS born in the Chilterns have the highest life expectancy according to the latest figures for England and Wales.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics show the average life expectancy of a girl born in the Chilterns between 2011 and 2013 is 86.4 years old.
The average Chilterns baby boy born between 2011 and 2013 is expected to live 82.2 years, the tenth highest for males in England and Wales.
Women born in the Chilterns now live six per cent longer than those born in the area 20 years ago, when the average life expectancy was 81.5 years.
Men’s longevity has improved even more – they now live 7.9 per cent longer than 20 years ago.
Across England and Wales the average life expectancy is now 83 for women and 79.3 for men.
But to match long lifespans, health experts have said we need to prepare our healthcare system to cope.
Councillor Noel Brown (Conservative), a member of the
CONCERN FOR FUTURE:
Councillor Noel Brown health and adult social care select committee on Bucks County Council, said: “As more of us live longer, we forget this means there are more people who will need healthcare and social services.”
There are projects in place already, such as Prevention Matters, which aim to help people at an earlier stage to enable them to stay at home for longer.
Mr Brown added that there is also a disparity in life expectancy in some areas that needs to be addressed.
“Projects like Wellbeing aim to trial ideas in Chesham and then take that to Wycombe and Aylesbury, working with social services and the Department of Chiltern Kensington and Chelsea Camden East Dorset Westminster Richmond upon Thames Harrow South Cambridgeshire Hart Rutland UA Work and Pensions. It’s about helping people stay healthier and independent.”
In the latest health review, the statistics predict that the number of people over 65 in the area will rise by 66 per cent in the next 20 years compared with 60 per cent for the region and 54 per cent in the UK.
Mr Brown added: “We need to prepare as we don’t have enough social care workers, and there is this fear of approaching them and going into a home. We don’t want that. We want healthier people, living longer, but we need to have the resources for them.”