New figures on Life Expectancy and Personal Wellbeing in Northern Ireland

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NISRA has recently released figures from a study into the population of Northern Ireland aged 85 years and over.  The figures show the population of Northern Ireland is becoming increasingly older.

By June 2017 the population aged 85 and over living in Northern Ireland was estimated to be 37,200 (around 2% of the population).  Last year women accounted for two thirds (66%) of the population aged 85 and over.

Compared to the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland continues to have the lowest proportion of people aged 85 and over.  However over the last decade the percentage growth among this age group in Northern Ireland (33%) was noticeably higher than England, Scotland or Wales.

The figures also show that the amount of people aged over 100 years old has risen from 167 to 274 over the last decade.  The vast majority of these (88%) were female.  The number of female centenarians rose to 240 last year compared to only 34 men.

NISRA have also recently published statistics from a survey on Personal Wellbeing in Northern Ireland for 2017/18.  The survey measured a number of personal wellbeing measures - how satisfied people are with their lives, their levels of happiness and anxiety and whether or not they think the things they do are worthwhile.  All these things have strong links with many elements of personal wellbeing, for example, health, employment and relationships.

The figures from this survey show that people in Northern Ireland gave better ratings across all the personal wellbeing measures on average compared with England, Wales and Scotland.  However females reported a higher anxiety score on average than males which is indicative of poorer personal wellbeing.

These figures have implications for Government and policy makers in the development of policies and practices to improve the health and wellbeing of ageing women.

 

Statistics on the population aged 85 and over living in Northern Ireland are available here:

https://www.nisra.gov.uk/publications/estimates-population-aged-85-and-over-northern-ireland-2017-and-2001-2016-revised

 

Statistics on Personal Wellbeing in Northern Ireland are available here:

https://www.nisra.gov.uk/sites/nisra.gov.uk/files/publications/Personal%20Wellbeing%20in%20Northern%20Ireland%20-%202017-18_0.pdf