Healthy Life Years at age 65 - Men, before 2004


The 'Healthy Life Years' (HLY) indicator is the expected remaining years lived from a particular age without long-term activity limitation. Health Expectancies extend the concept of life expectancy to morbidity and disability in order to assess the quality of years lived. It is a composite indicator of health that takes into account both mortality and ill-health, providing more information on burden of diseases in the population than life expectancy alone. Monitoring time trend of life expectancy and healthy life years together allows assessing whether years of life gained are healthy years or not. The HLY indicator at birth is a structural indicator of the Lisbon strategy. The HLY indicator at birth and at 65 is also the headline indicator for public health of the EU Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI).
HLY is computed as the life expectancy from which the expected number of years lived with long-term activity limitations is subtracted. It is calculated by the Sullivan method based on life table data and age-specific period prevalence data on long-term activity limitations. National demographic and mortality statistics provide age-specific mortality and life tables. Morbidity data, i.e. on activity limitations, comes from surveys carried out by Eurostat. For the period 1995-2001, the Eurostat survey 'European Community Household Panel (ECHP)' was used and extrapolations were estimated for 2002 and 2003. Since 2004, Eurostat has been using the European Statistics of Income and Living Condition (EU-SILC) survey to calculate the HLY. This break in series, caused by the change of the data source for calculating the prevalence of disability, limits the comparability between data before and after 2004. This is why data on HLY is presented into two different sets in the Heidi data tool. Eurostat provided the HLY indicator at birth and at age 65 by gender (Source: Heidi Data Tool).

Years Covered: 
1995 to 2003
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