Healthy Life Years at age 65 - Women, from 2004 onwards


The Healthy Life Years (HLY) indicator is the expected remaining number of years, lived from a particular age without long-term activity limitation. 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. Since 2004, Eurostat has been using the European Statistics of Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey to calculate the HLY. This survey contains a question on general activity limitation (the so-called GALI - Global Activity Limitation Instrument). The EU-SILC survey now collects data in all Member States as well as in Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. Data is broken down by gender. Eurostat provides the HLY indicator at birth, at 50 and 65 years.
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). The HLY indicator is an overarching indicator for monitoring the European Strategy for social inclusion and social protection. Within the new strategy Europe 2020, the HLY has become an indicator in the Pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA) which aims to add an average of two years of healthy life for everyone in Europe.
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 (Source: Heidi Data Tool).

Years Covered: 
2004 to 2014
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