Volume 3 - Article 9

Change in the Prevalence of Diseases Among Older Americans: 1984-1994

By Eileen Crimmins, Yasuhiko Saito

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Date received:04 Sep 2000
Date published:01 Nov 2000
Word count:3588
Keywords:comorbidity, disability, morbidity trends, older population
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2000.3.9
 

Abstract

The prevalence of diseases increased among older Americans in recent years. The largest increases have been in the proportion of the population with heart disease and cancer. There has also been a decrease in the number of older persons with no disease and an increase in the proportion of people with multiple conditions. The severity of disability among women with most diseases has been reduced; among men there has been no reduction in disability.

Author's Affiliation

Eileen Crimmins - University of Southern California, United States of America [Email]
Yasuhiko Saito - Nihon University, Japan [Email]

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