Causes of Death among the Oldest-Old: Age-Related Changes in the Cause-of-Death Distribution

  • Shiro Horiuchi
Part of the International Studies in Population book series (ISIP, volume 4)

In this chapter, age-related changes in the cause-of-death distribution are investigated.Vital statistics for the Caucasian population of the United States in 1991—1994 are analysed, with focus on differences between the oldest-old (85+) and the younger-old (65—84). The distribution of deaths by cause reflects various characteristics of the population, including ecological environment, behaviour and life styles, genetic profiles of the population, availability of and accessibility to medical services, and the level of medical technology. The cause-of-death structure differs between males and females and varies substantially with age (Horiuchi 1999: Figure 2; National Institute of Population and Social Security Research 1999: Table 5.26).


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  • Shiro Horiuchi
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  1. 1.Laboratory of PopulationsRockefeller UniversityUSA

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