Commenting on the publication of new statistics from the ONS on Estimates of the Very Old 2002-2017 and life expectancy figures for 2015-2017, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people's charity, says:

“The remarkable rise in the number of people aged 100 and over continues. We should celebrate the fact that there are now around 14,500 centenarians living in the UK, with advances in public health and medicine to thank for this growth. However, the slowdown in life expectancy improvements in the UK is concerning, and more must be done to understand what is driving this. These figures starkly highlight the need for health and care services to adapt to our ageing population, and the government must ensure that these services can support people to live long, healthy, happy lives.”

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