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"It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years," wrote Oscar Wilde. We know that humans are living longer and longer. But are we living those years in good health?
In order to investigate the relation between age and health, Eurostat decided to create the Healthy Life Years indicator . The principle is to use life tables and data from population health surveys to determine the average number of years a person will live without serious or moderate health problems. For example, in the European Union we lived on average 64 years without health problems in 2017, whereas our average life expectancy was 80.9 years .