In general men tend to die earlier than the women - in our society, there has always been a greater number of older women than older men.

The reason for this apparent variation in gender has never been fully established scientifically.

What is now being observed is that the longevity of men is beginning to increase.

Although the number of years men live in 'good health' is, however, not increasing. 

Subsequently men are living a greater proportion of their later years with disability and dependence.

And as always with most older individuals, many such problems are entirely preventable and /or treatable.

There is another thing of note here. A distinct difference in that increased male longevity is also becoming apparent within different parts of the country.

As a matter of fact , it has been noticed that around 17 extra years are being lived in certain areas compared to other more deprived parts of the country. 

In those 'deprived' regions , many older men are not accessing even the health provisions that are already available. Maybe this is a question of proper healthcare knowledge and education.

It is also felt that the key support and diagnostic services are not being set up the way those would appeal to men. 

Age UK is planning a special Men's Health week just to publicise the positive message of health and life, mainly to educate the older men who are sometimes suffering unnecessarily and becoming more dependent.

Perhaps responsible people ought to remain aware of the facts that the incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and subsequent stroke are getting more frequent and causing a lot of dependence; some of these could perhaps be avoided if people remain vigilant.