Health Indicator Report of Life Expectancy from Age 65
Life Expectancy is often used to gauge the overall health of a community. Shifts in life expectancy are often used to describe trends in mortality. Being able to predict how populations will age has enormous implications for the planning and provision of services and supports. Small increases in life expectancy translate into large increases in the population. As the life expectancy of a population lengthens, the number of people living with chronic illnesses tends to increase because chronic illnesses are more common among older persons.
Notes* Confidence intervals can be calculated only when there are one or more deaths in every five-year age group during the period. The Chiang method was used to calculate life expectancy for New Mexico. For more information, please visit [http://ibis.health.state.nm.us/resource/LifeExp.html].
- New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
- New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.
- U.S. Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, ]http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/]
Data Interpretation IssuesLife expectancy at birth is strongly influenced by infant and child mortality; life expectancy later in life, such as at age 65, reflects death rates at or above a given age and is independent of mortality at younger ages.
DefinitionLife expectancy is an estimate of the expected average number of years of life (or a person's age at death) for individuals who were born into a particular population. Life expectancy at birth measures health status across all age groups. Life expectancy at age 65 is often used as a measure of a healthy adult population.
NumeratorNot applicable. For information on life expectancy calculation, please see [http://ibis.health.state.nm.us/resource/LifeExp.html].
DenominatorSee numerator note.
Page Content Updated On 04/29/2019, Published on 05/01/2019