Calculating Your Healthy Life Expectancy

Everyone understands the benefits of living a long healthy life, but this also has implications for industry and society. Medical costs, financial planning, and health support services are directly related to the state of health of an individual or community.

We call this measure of quality of life “healthy life expectancy” and its complement “unhealthy life expectancy.” We define entering an unhealthy state as a severe enough state of disablement that there is no recovery, so you remain unhealthy until death.

It follows that life expectancy – a measure of the total future years an individual is expected to live – is simply the two added together.

Want to know your own estimate of healthy years ahead? The Goldenson Center at the University of Connecticut, under the ;leadership of Professor and Director Jeyaraj (Jay) Vadiveloo, has made this free online tool available to enable you to calculate healthy, unhealthy, and total life expectancy. This is a work in progress, but it will help you think about your present and future state of health.

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