Chronic Morbidity and Disability in the U.S. Elderly Populations

Recent Trends and Population Implications
  • Kenneth G. Manton
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


In assessing temporal changes in the health and functioning of the elderly U.S. population, and the effects of those changes on the need to manage pain and its potential psychological and physical consequences (e.g., depression, loss of motivation to maintain physical and cognitive functioning, and nutritional maintenance) in the U.S. elderly (65+) and oldest-old (85+) populations, one has to be aware that the United States has been, and will continue to be, in a very dynamic and unique period of history relative to changes in health and mortality at late ages. For example, from 1960 to 1990, the U.S. annual stroke mortality rate (age-adjusted) dropped 65.2% (from 79.7 to 27.0 deaths per 100,000 persons per annum). At ages 85 and over, stroke mortality rates dropped 55.6% from 1960 to 1990—or from 3,680.5 to 1,633.9 deaths per 100,000 persons per annum.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth G. Manton
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  1. 1.Center for Demographic StudiesDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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