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EU and UK targets for healthy life expectancy – are they achievable?

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Carol Jagger



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© 2021In 2008, the EU Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) set a target of an increase of two healthy life years by 2020. More recently, in 2018, the UK Government set a target to “ensure people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest”. This paper reviews the progress the EU member states have made towards meeting this target, and what the UK can learn from their experiences. I conclude that, although the EU target is likely to be reached, the gap in healthy life years between the member states has increased. Past trends in and projections of disability-free life expectancy in England suggest that it will be difficult to achieve an increase of five healthy and independent years of life by 2035.

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Author(s): Jagger C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research

Year: 2021

Volume: 19

Pages: 1-7

Online publication date: 22/07/2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 08/07/2021

ISSN (print): 1728-4414

ISSN (electronic): 1728-5305

Publisher: Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften


DOI: 10.1553/populationyearbook2021.deb01


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