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AS JLC stated life expectancy was skewed because of higher mortality
 of infants & children back in the day. But also higher mortality 
of adults back in the day.

http://www.ssa.gov/history/lifeexpect.html

year             % of population         Av remaining life
cohort           surviving from age      expectancy for those
turned 65         21 to 65                aged 65
                 male     female         male     female

1940              53.9     60.9           12.7     14.7
1950              56.2     65.5           13.1     16.2
1960              60.1     71.3           13.2     17.4
1970              63.6     76.9           13.8     18.6
1980              67.8     80.9           14.6     19.1
1990              72.3     83.6           15.3     19.6


What I conclude from the above figures is that modern medicine 
has greatly increased the numbers of folk reaching age 65. And
 helped longevity of females after age 65. Sorry guys, 
longevity has only been pushed out 2.6 years on average.
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