This is counterculture from the underground. (lafinjack) wrote in thequestionclub,
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I've got a statistics question rolled up in a health question.

A forum conversation I'm reading has the situation of a 73 year old man, in the US, who considers himself near death. US longevity stats say men make it to ~77. But then there are actuarial statistics from Social Security that say a man who is 73 will live another ~12 years. Where does the ~8 year disparity come from? Is it that a person who's already made it to 73 is likely to live longer due to modern medicine? Are they measuring life expectancy differently? What's the deal here?
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