Disabilities in Old Age a Reality for Many


Here are some facts: The population is aging. People are living longer. And because people are spending more time in their senior years, there’s also a higher likelihood that they’ll have to live some of those years with a disability. As the New York Times’ New Old Age blog points out, “the price we’re paying for extended life spans is a high rate of late-life disability.”

Here’s a stat cited by the blogger from a recent Health and Retirement Study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco:

Of those who died at ages 50 to 69, only 15 percent had been disabled two years earlier. Of those who died after reaching age 90, half had been disabled.

Whether it’s mobility issues because of deteriorating bone health or the loss of mental faculties, the older seniors gets, the more reasonable it is to assume that they may one day have to live their lives as a disabled person. Because of that, those who have not quite reached their golden years should try their best to live a healthy lifestyle.

Fueling your body with proper nutrition, daily exercise, not smoking, and engaging in activities to keep the mind sharp is a good start. Other practical considerations should be made as well such as looking into long-term care insurance, making your home senior-friendly, and discussing care options should a health issue arise.


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