Jennifer Karas Montez examines US State Disparities in Life Expectancy, Disability-Free Life Expectancy, and Disabled Life Expectancy in new study

Professor of Sociology Jennifer Karas Montez

In a new study, US State Disparities in Life Expectancy, Disability-Free Life Expectancy, and Disabled Life Expectancy Among Adults Aged 25 to 89 Years, Jennifer Karas Montez and colleagues find that for men and women, disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) and disabled life expectancy (DLE) varied widely by state. Among women, DFLE ranged from 45.8 years in West Virginia to 52.5 years in Hawaii, a 6.7-year gap. The South is doubly disadvantaged: residents have shorter lives and spend a greater proportion of those lives with disability.