British women live for 83 years on average, says the World Health Organisation. Men still lag behind with a life expectancy of 79 years.
Of people aged 55-plus, 56 per cent say they don’t want to work after the age of 65 even if they are fit enough to do so.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Around 65 per cent of people would rather live to be 70 without health problems than live to be 100 with them.
Three quarters of people over the age of 60 own their own home, compared with 33 per cent of 25-to 34-year-olds.
Internet use among the oldest sector of the population has doubled in the last five years.
People aged 65–74 spent 51 per cent more on travel and tourism in 2012 than the same age group did 10 years earlier.
Jeanne Calment, the oldest person on record, lived to be 122. She met Vincent van Gogh as a teenager.
Babies born in 2016 have a three-in-ten chance of living to be 100.
With life expectancy rising, we can expect to live five years longer than in 1990, says Public Health England.
A rise in the number of centenarians meant that the team in charge of sending greetings from the Queen had to be expanded in 2014 to meet demand.