Uk Demographic Data

In the UK in 1931, life expectancy at birth for men was 58 years and for women 62 years. Currently, a man aged 60 years can expect to live for another 18.9 years and a woman aged 60 years for another 22.7 years. In 2000 in the UK, life expectancy at birth increased to 75 years for men and 80 years for women, with older people accounting for one-sixth of the total population (Kinsella & Velkoff, 2001). There is a gender gap in life expectancy, resulting in larger numbers of older women than older men. The 'feminization of ageing' (WHO, 1999) is reflected in the fact that, in the UK in 1997, there were 5523 centenarians, and only 580 of these were men. The gender gap is important for therapists to take note of, as women tend to report higher levels of depression than men and are more likely to come to the attention of the psychiatric services (Crawford et al., 1998).

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