Title: U.S. Life
Expectancy Rises to Record Level
Source: Associated Press / Fox News
Date: Monday, Feb. 28, 2005
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Declines in death rates from most major causes —
including heart disease and cancer — have pushed
Americans' life expectancy to a record 77.6 years.
Women are still living longer than men, but the gap
Women now have a life expectancy of 80.1 years, 5.3
more than men. That's down from 5.4 years in 2002
and continues a steady decline from a peak
difference of 7.8 years in 1979, the National Center
for Health Statistics said Monday in its annual
Women now have a life expectancy
of 80.1 years, 5.3 more than men. That's down from
5.4 years in 2002 and continues a steady decline
from a peak difference of 7.8 years in 1979, the
National Center for Health Statistics said Monday in
its annual mortality report.
Research indicates there also is an increase in
active life expectancy, said Mary A. Salmon, a
sociology professor at the University of North
"It's not that we're having a lot of very old, sick
people," she said in a telephone interview.
She added, "There has been lots of speculation on
how this will affect Social Security, of course."
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conversation partners, or classmates, you
may wish to discuss the following:
1. What is the life expectancy rate in your country?
For men / women?
2. As people live longer, what difficulties do
3. What challenges must society face when dealing
with a growing elderly population?
4. Who has the primary responsibility to care for
5. Who will take care of your parents (or
grandparents) when they can no longer care for
Pretend you are over 80 years old. Discuss the
advantages and disadvantages of living alone (in
contrast to living with your children or in a
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