U.S. Retirees Live Shorter Lives Than Peers in Other Nations

A new analysis reveals that Americans enjoy fewer golden years than retirees in other developed countries.

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Americans are living longer than ever before. But U.S. retirees are seeing their golden years cut short compared with peers in other developed nations, according to an analysis recently presented at the Living to 100 symposium.

The symposium was sponsored by the Society of Actuaries (SOA). Based on the SOA analysis — which includes projections for life expectancy at age 65 for men and women in 14 countries, including Japan, France, Canada and Sweden — American women are expected to live a little more than 20 years after they hit age 65.

That means retired American women live shorter lives than their peers in all countries in the survey except Portugal, according to CBS News.

Retired American men don’t fare much better. With a remaining life expectancy of just 17.5 years at age 65 for American men, the U.S. ranks third to last — ahead of only Portugal and Finland.

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