Changes in the age-specific prevalence and severity of functional impairment are expected to have major implications for health care costs.
1According to the Global Health and Aging report released by the World Health Organization, “the number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050, with most of the increase in developing countries.”
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2Although aging is not synonymous with poor health or loss of independence, the risk of developing diseases and disabilities increases with advancing age.
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3Changes in the age structure of society and the associated demand for support and care pose a major threat to the sustainability of health care systems.
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4Reducing the burden of disability and enabling older adults to maintain their independence are therefore perceived as high public health priorities.
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