Current Life Expectancy Numbers

Walker

POSTED BY

Walker Mooney

Financial Advisor

SHARE THIS


In Canada, as in many countries around the world, our life expectancy continues to increase. In B.C., these rates are the highest of all the province— just slightly higher than the Canadian average.

Today, life expectancy at birth in B.C. is roughly 80 years for males and 84 for females. But what does life expectancy actually mean?

For a given group, in terms of life expectancy, one half of that group will have died and one half will still be alive. However, as we get older, revised life expectancy numbers will apply as many of the original group will have died. For example, for males age 65 in B.C., life expectancy is 19-20 years, and for females, it’s 22-23 years. The following table demonstrates rough numbers for various current attained age levels in Canada. For B.C. residents, we can add roughly one year to the numbers:

Age

Male

Female

65

18 – 19 years

21 – 22 years

70

14 - 15 years

17 – 18 years

75

11 – 12 years

13 – 14 years

80

8 – 9 years

10 – 11 years

85

6 – y years

7 – 8 years

90

4 – 5 years

5 – 6 years

95

3 – 4 years

3 – 4 years

 

Another approach that can be useful is to look at the probability of reaching a specific future age based on your current age. For example, the following table notes the probability of reaching age 90 or 95 for current 65 year olds:

Current Age

Probability of reaching age 90 or 95

 

Age 90

Age 95

Male 65

38%

17%

Female 65

47%

25%

Couple both 65*

67%

37%

*Probability at least one will reach this age

 

A few interesting observations emerge from the noted statistics. The difference between males and females has started to diminish over the last few years; however, females still maintain a significant increased life expectancy. Also, as we reach our nineties, the life expectancy for males and females narrows. There are, however, many more females still alive in their nineties and now quite a few beyond age 100. In Canada, there are now in excess of 5,000 people age 100 or over. And while measured from a small base, it is one of the fastest growing cohorts by percentage increase. The ratio of females to males in that group is roughly 5:1. These numbers need to be factored into many of our lifestyle decisions, such as residence choices, healthcare options, as well as investment and income requirements. Your Rogers Group Financial advisor will take life expectancy into account, in addition to numerous other factors, when creating your financial plan.