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Dimensions of Health in the Elderly Population

Dimensions of Health in the Elderly Population

Chapter:
(p.179) 5 Dimensions of Health in the Elderly Population
Source:
Investigations in the Economics of Aging
Author(s):
David M. CutlerMary Beth Landrum
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903163.003.0006

This chapter examines the multifaceted health of the elderly and how health along multiple dimensions has changed over time. It shows that health has several dimensions: one which is largely severe physical and social impairment; a second that is less severe physical limitations; and a third which encompasses sensory impairments. The first and third of these dimensions are improving over time, while the second is not. A commentary is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   aged, health, physical impairment, social impairment, physical limitations, sensory impairment, disability

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