Trend is troubling, experts say
The proportion of Americans aged 50-64 who say they need help with personal care activities has increased significantly, according to a study by the RAND Corporation and the University of Michigan. The reason for the increase is not clear, but many reporting disabilities said they were caused by health problems that began in their 30s and 40s.
“This a disappointing trend with potentially far-reaching and long-term negative consequences,” said Richard Suzman, director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging, which funded the study. “If people have such difficulties in middle age, how can we expect that this age group – today’s baby boomers – will be able to take care of itself with advancing age? If it continues, this trend could have a significant effect on the need for long-term care in the future.”
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