Staff, students and members of the public are invited to a public lecture which will explore why life expectancy in the UK is stalling, and in some cases falling. The lecture will consider some of the potential factors for these recent trends including an ageing population, winter flu epidemics and the materialisation of trends in obesity and alcohol, and austerity.
Increasing life expectancy in the UK has continued, almost unbroken, for close to 120 years. However, this trend faltered in 2015 with one of the largest increases in mortality rates since-World War 2 recorded. These increases were observed all across the country, for both young and old, rich and poor communities and in urban and rural areas.
Dr Mark Green, a Senior Lecturer in Health Geography at the University, will consider how life expectancy improvements began to stall at first and now are showing signs of declining.
He will look at the different trends in life expectancy between males and females and between different areas and age groups. Dr Green will also provide details of what the picture for Liverpool and the wider Merseyside looks like.
The public lecture `Why has UK life expectancy stopped improving?` takes place in the Rotblat Lecture Theatre in the Chadwick Building on Thursday, 16 January, 6 – 7pm.
The event is free to attend but registration is required. To book your place via this webpage: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-has-uk-life-expectancy-stopped-improving-tickets-85239574863
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