Life Expectancy and Healthy Life Expectancy (HLE)

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Key fact

In Stockport, in 2012-14, average life expectancy is 79.9 years for males and 83.0 years for females, which is similar to England. Healthy Life Expectancy is 65.3 years for males and 66.8 years for females, significantly higher than England.

Average life expectancy

Average female life expectancy

Average male life expectancy

Key information

  • Since the turn of the century life expectancy in Stockport has risen; people are living longer. Male life expectancy has increased by 5% whilst female life expectancy has risen 2%.
  • Males in Stockport will spend 82% of their lives in good health, and women 80% in good health.
  • At age 65, life expectancy for males in Stockport is an additional 19 years compared to 21 years for females.
  • There are clear deprivation profiles in both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy.

Key issues for commissioners

  • Focus on improving healthy life expectancy for all as the priority, especially in the most deprived areas.
  • Support healthy ageing across Stockport, recognising that preventative approaches that promote self care and independence are essential at every life stage.
  • In the most deprived areas the decline in health starts at age 55, programmes promoting ageing well will need to start at an earlier age in these areas.
  • Work to reduce smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity as these are the key drivers of ill health and early death.