An actuarial firm has published a report on mortality of U.S. adults over age 50.[@@]

Researchers in the Stamford, Conn., office of Tillinghast, a unit of Towers Perrin Inc., have based the study on exposure data from 38 life insurers collected from 2000 to 2002.

About 1 million of the life insurers’ insureds died during the period studied, Tillinghast says.

The new study is different from many other studies of mortality at older ages because it relies on actual experience data rather than extrapolations from data for younger insureds, Tillinghast says.