40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability: MedlinePlus

40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a DisabilityU.S. government analysis also found 15 percent had three or more problemsBy Robert PreidtTuesday, December 2, 2014

(HealthDay News) — Nearly 40 percent of Americans over the age of 65 — about 16 million people — live with at least one disability, a new federal government report shows. The findings are cause for concern because more than 13 percent of Americans (almost 41 million people) are older than 65,

according to the National Institute on Aging report.”With the first Baby Boomers having entered the 65-and-older ranks in 2011, the United States may experience a rapid expansion in the number of older people with a disability in the next two decades,” the report authors wrote.

“The future of disability among older Americans will be affected by how this country prepares for and manages a complex array of demographic, fiscal, medical, technological and other developments that will unfold in the next several decades,” they added.The report, released Tuesday, analyzes U.S. Census data from 2008 to 2012. Researchers found the number of disabilities increased with age. In fact, people older than 85 accounted for more than 25 percent of all disabilities among seniors, although they represented only 14 percent of the overall senior population.

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