The life expectancy is projected to remain stagnant in the United States, with men and women only gaining a few more years between 2020 and 2030, according to a story in The Washington Post.
Life spans will remain in the early 80s for women and late 70s for men, the newspaper, citing research published in The Lancet, reported. The study projected a life expectancy of 83.3 for women in the United States and 79.5 for men in 2030, up from 81.2 for women and 76.5 for men in 2020.
Nearly every other western countries life expectancy was expected to rise. The U.S. was on par with countries that aren’t as developed.
“Notable among poor-performing countries is the USA,” the researchers wrote, according to the Post, “whose life expectancy at birth is already lower than most other high-income countries, and is projected to fall further behind, such that its 2030 life expectancy at birth might be similar to the Czech Republic for men, and Croatia and Mexico for women.”
America has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates of any of the countries in the study. It also has the highest obesity rate, and is the only one without universal health coverage.
The good news is, Floridians tend live longer than the rest of the U.S. For years, the state’s life expectancy has surpassed the country’s average. White women have the longest life expectancy of any group in Florida, and are the only race-sex group with a life expectancy at birth of over 80 years, according to statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health’s website.
Florida has the country’s highest percentage of senior citizens — residents aged 65 or older — at 17.3 percent. Each has likely spent his or her life caring and providing for loved ones. Everyone, no matter how old they are or how long their live, needs an estate plan to provide their families with financial security, clarity, and peace of mind. Estate planning can also address difficult decisions regarding health care and personal affairs in the event of incapacity, and provided for retirement, health care and long-term care needs.
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