Over 50s 'living longer and healthier lives'

Improvements in living standards are leading to increases in expected lifespan and health for over 50s, according to new research.

Over 50s and those approaching retirement are increasingly enjoying longer and healthier lives, according to new research.

A study conducted by the Academy of Medical Sciences has revealed that average life expectancy in the UK is increasing by more than five hours each day due to higher standards of living and medical care.

According to the report, older people are also remaining healthier for longer, which could allow over 50s to remain active and involved in society for more of their lives.

The findings have been welcomed by older people's charity Age Concern and Help the Aged, but the group warned that the government must now be prepared to make changes to deal with the reality of an ageing population.

In particular, the charity called for improvements to be made to the quality of medical and social care for older people in order to prevent over 50s from having to spend their twilight years in dependency.

A spokesman for the body said: "It's within our power to minimise that, but we have to act in advance and not wait until the change is upon us."

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