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Actuarially, we’re all dying younger — just — perhaps

Monday, 28 January 2013



From The Actuary, 24 January 2013:

The total number of deaths in England and Wales in 2012 was 499,000 – 15,000 more than in 2011 and in excess of the total for any of the three previous years.

Mortality worsened by 1% over last year for the combined male and female population – after a 3.8% improvement in 2011.

Men’s mortality improved by 0.2% and women’s worsened by 2%. This was significantly less than the average annual improvements of 2.8% for men and 2.2% for women seen over the 10 years to 2011.

Read the whole article here


2 comments on “Actuarially, we’re all dying younger — just — perhaps

  1. Monday 28th January 2013 at 7:04 pm

    No wonder Dignity and funeralcare remain bullish!

  2. Jonathan

    Monday 28th January 2013 at 10:59 am

    ‘worsened… improvement… improved… worsened… improvements’.

    I’ve never heard of ‘The Actuary’, but why does its editorship take such strong exception to death in any circumstances whatsoever? Are they working on an elixir for eternal life? Surely, at least some of the people enumerated here (and their friends and families) are accepting of their deaths?

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