Living longer – but not always better

People are living a full decade longer than they were in 1980, but they’re spending more time with illness and disability, a global study shows.

Today, men across the world are expected to live to around 70, while women on average die at 75. But in Australia life expectancy is much higher at 80 for men and 84 for women.

Although healthy life expectancy has increased steadily in almost all countries, rising by just over six years, it