For people 65 years old in 2012, life expectancy was an additional 19.3 years, up slightly from the year before. Women age 65 and older in 2012 can expect to live another 20.5 years, while men may get around an additional 18 years, Xu said.
Average life expectancy in the United States reached an all-time high of 78.8 years in 2012, federal officials reported
Overall, the U.S. death rate dropped just over 1 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the report.
"We can stop being a treatment-oriented country, and become a prevention-oriented country and extend life tremendously," Steinbaum said.