As old as we feel
7:30am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Latest News
Men in Swindon aren’t living as long as they were a year ago says a new health study.
But men across the rest of the county are staying healthier and living longer than ever before.
Annual health figures 2012/13 for Swindon show men in Swindon live to an average of 79.2, a drop of three years from 2011/12. Meanwhile the newest yearly health study for the rest of Wiltshire shows the men are living to an average of 80.1 – the highest ever. The national average is 78.9 for men and 82.7 for women.
Residents at Ladymead Care Home in Wroughton, once home to the oldest residents in Swindon, put their longevity down to advances in medical and social care.
Ninety-year-old widower Norman Raven, who came to Ladymead after his wife died, said: “The figures aren’t bad. And I’ve still got a few years to go yet. I’ve never thought of it like that.
“One day the average will be 100 years old.
“People are getting older all the time and I think it’s more advances in medicine and medical attention. That’s what it is.”
In 2011/2012 male life expectancy reached 83 years, but despite the drop male life expectancy in Swindon is still slightly higher than the national average. In Wiltshire as a whole, life expectancy for men reached a record high of 80.1 years this year.
Aston ‘Bill’ Wilson, 85, also a resident at Ladymead, puts his longevity down to a healthy lifestyle.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Bill worked as a mechanic before he retired in 1991.
He said: “People are getting older, we can see that on the television. I think they are getting older because of the better medical treatment people can get and the domestic help. It’s easier for people, they are free to go and do what they like more.”
The latest statistics were revealed in the county’s Annual Public Health Report for 2012/13 which was presented to Wiltshire Council on Monday. The report, the first since local authorities took on responsibility for public health from the NHS, also sets out the priorities for the next year, including reducing the number of people who smoke, helping to diagnose cancer and other life-threatening diseases sooner, combating alcohol and drug misuse, enabling people to live more active lifestyles, reducing obesity levels and improving mental health and wellbeing.
Maggie Rae, corporate director for public health and author of the report, said: “The council, the NHS and other partners have been working closely together on public health issues in Wiltshire for many years. The new arrangements are therefore about building on this work to ensure that protecting and improving public health remains a priority.”
Keith Humphries, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, said: “Encouraging more people to live healthy and active lifestyles will bring wider benefits in terms of boosting the economy and strengthening communities. Our commitment is to bring these benefits to everyone, including the most vulnerable in Wiltshire.”
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