Some of her peers play mah-jongg or pool, some knit, and later, they enjoy meals of soybean sprout soup and kimchi. Soon said, laughing. She lives by herself in a nearby apartment, and, aside from occasional trouble with her legs, considers herself healthy. Around here, in Bergen County, Harvard researchers have found a surprising pocket of longevity. Asian women here live longer than any other ethnic subgroup of people in the nation, according to federal statistics.
And the two are related. Among the most severe findings in a new report that quantifies the health inequalities in The City is how long people are expected to live based upon their race. The life expectancy for African Americans between and was an average age of That increased to age The report is conducted every three years by the Department of Public Health in collaboration with hospitals and nonprofits and was presented last week to the Health Commission.
It has long been known that despite well-documented improvements in longevity for most Americans, alarming disparities persist among racial groups and between the well-educated and those with less education. In this article we update estimates of the impact of race and education on past and present life expectancy, examine trends in disparities from through , and place observed disparities in the context of a rapidly aging society that is emerging at a time of optimism about the next revolution in longevity. We found that in US adult men and women with fewer than twelve years of education had life expectancies not much better than those of all adults in the s and s.
But this generally positive upward trend obscures a yawning racial gap. Take a look at this chart:. That's roughly the same as the average life expectancy of white men and women in — 30 years earlier.