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Aging in America: Limits to Life Span and Elderly Care Options

Population Research & Policy Review

Author: Jamshidi, R., Oppenheimer, A. J., Lee, D. S., Lepar, F. H., Espenshade, T. J.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1992


Secondary statistical data suggest that approximately 80%-85% of people age 65+ in the United States have at least one chronic illness, & nearly 50+ report that this limits their activity to some degree. Altogether, about 33% of this population may need some kind of medical or social assistance. Evaluated here are the three primary modes of care available to older persons: (1) the informal network of the family, (2) the more formal arrangements of home & community care, & (3) the institutionalized care of nursing homes. Several key policy issues are identified, including: Who provides, receives, & pays for the care? What type of care is available? How much does each type of care cost? Current patterns & costs, particularly of long-term care, provide a framework for planning future options.

Further Details

Pages: 169-190
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Accession Number: 8.5.03
Keywords: North America, older, health improvement
Reads: 191