Measuring National Well-being – Health, 2013

In June 2013, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), as part of its Measuring National Well-Being Programme released an article which analyses by age and other variables two of the current measures of national well-being: ‘satisfaction with health’ and ‘evidence of mental ill-health (GHQ)’ and their relationship to wellbeing.

The key findings in relation to age were:

In the UK in 2010–11 for those aged 16 and over:

  • Satisfaction with health reduced to 53% of those aged 80 and over.
  • Around a fifth (19%) of individuals had some indication of anxiety or depression with a higher proportion of women than men and a higher proportion of those aged between 40 and 59 or aged 80 and over.
  • Around three in ten (28%) reported restrictions in moderate daily activities: the percentage reporting restrictions increased considerably with age from 13% of those aged 16 to 24 to 77% of those aged 80 and over.

For the full article see:–2013/art-health—2013.html#tab-Introduction

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