Dear God these people are cretins

Cuts to social care may have contributed to a shock fall in life expectancy for older women, campaigners have said.

Life expectancies for women aged 65, 75, 85 and 95 all fell in 2012 compared with a year earlier, the first slip in all age groups in nearly two decades.

There was also a small drop in life expectancy for men at ages 85 and 95, while longevity for men in the two younger age groups stagnated, according to a report published on Tuesday by Public Health England (PHE).

Although the figures for 2013 did not show any further falls, the life expectancies for men and women aged 85 and 95 failed to recover to 2011 levels, which were the highest to date.

Age campaigners warned the unexpected decrease in life expectancies was a “canary in the coal mine”, showing how five years of austerity was beginning to take its toll on elderly people.

There was five years of austerity before 2012?

15 thoughts on “Dear God these people are cretins”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    It is more likely to be the slow but growing acceptance of euthanasia than austerity. But it is likely to be neither. We are seeing the first of a different generation dying off. These are all women who were adults during the 60s and 70s. Well most of them. People behaved very differently then.

    Skin cancer is a good example. In the news recently. Because cheap flights and a hatred of being White has led to women sitting on beaches in Spain and hence dying more often of skin cancer than in the past.

  2. Wasn’t the 60s also the era when it was socially acceptable for women to smoke? Or was that earlier?

  3. Their could be 10,000 reasons for this, but it doesn’t matter – the Left will still clamber over the dead to place their false flag. Never let an opportunity go to waste.

  4. I skimmed this report and will look at it in more detail over my lunch. It’s pretty much a non-story. Slight blip in the overall upward trend, but no evidence of that trend changing. Also, as noted above, a similar effect is seen across the EU. And also there were five individual years where a fall/no increase was seen between 1981 and 2013.

    The Guardian report (and all the comments on it) are of course absurd. The long term huge increase in life expectancy is the real story, and all the positive and negative implications that it brings.

  5. …and I meant to say, spot the double standards:

    – a one year change in a crystal-clear long term trend is because of eeevil Tories

    – no clear evidence of any increase in temperature over a prolonged period is climate change denial.

  6. Mortality among the elderly is very significantly affected by the weather in winter, hence ONS go so far as to publish data on “Excess Winter Mortality”

  7. “Save yourself some time…”

    But I enjoy looking at longevity stats!

    Our mortality specialists usually circulate bulletins on any new reports or info that comes out, so I’ll wait and see what they have to say.

  8. Thanks for that link to the Chris Snowden piece: he’s entirely correct.

    I need to switch off my work head when looking at these stats: being an evil finance bastard I’m interested in when these very old people do finally die. Evey month extra they live is an extra month of annuity payments we have to make, affecting our bottom line.

  9. So Much for Subtlety

    GlenDorran – “Evey month extra they live is an extra month of annuity payments we have to make, affecting our bottom line.”

    Ah ha! It was the Actuary! In the Conservatory! With a candle stick!

    No, wait, am I talking to myself again? Damn it. Hate it when that happens.

  10. @SMFS:

    At a previous company I worked for there was a very badly mispriced contract that was sold to avert HNW individual. Someone (not me) jokingly said that it would be cheaper to hire a hitman than keep paying out on it. A humourless manager overhead this and hauled him over the coals for “disrespecting customers”. The fact the manager was the one who made the original pricing mistake was irrelevant.

    Annuity reserving actuaries do little weather dances as winter approaches, hoping for a severe cold spell. They also like it when gas prices go up.

    Blue pensioners means better profits…

  11. If there was an “it” that was done, I wonder if the cause was over-medication. I rather expect statination to start claiming victims soon, but would be mildly surprised if that showed up more in women than in men because I suppose (without evidence) that men are more likely to be prescribed statins.

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