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When I'm 65: Irish pensioners can expect 11 healthy years (but less for men)

Irish women aged 65 can expect to live for a total of 21.1 years while men can expect an additional 18.1 years, new figures have found.

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IRISH PEOPLE CAN expect to have around around 11 healthy years left once they hit 65, new research has found.

Irish pensioners also have an average life expectancy compared to other EU countries, with the figures finding Irish women aged 65 can expect to live for another 21.1 years while men aged 65 can expect 18.1 more years, research from Eurostat found.

The figures looked at the 27 EU member states and found that the average life expectancy of a 65-year-old is 21 more years.  France has the highest life expectancy for women at 23.4 more years while Switzerland has the highest number of years left for men at 19 years.

Meanwhile the shortest life expectancy at 65 for women was in Bulgaria (17 years) while for men it was Latvia (13.3 years).

The research found that Sweden had the highest number of healthy years left for both men and women at 14.1 and 15.5 years respectively.

Bad news for eastern European countries though. The figures found that women in Slovakia can expect just 2.8 healthy years left when they hit 65 while men can look forward to just 3.3 years.

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Irish women aged 65 can expect to have 11.2 healthy years left while men can expect 11.1 years.

The research found that EU countries with the highest life expectancy at the age of 65 are not necessarily the same as those with the most healthy years left at 65.

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