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Common medical conditions in older Americans

The most common medical condition among older Americans between 2011 and 2013 was diagnosed arthritis, followed by heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2014; 2015. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2014/docs/2014-Profile.pdf. Accessed July 1, 2015

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2014
Publication Date
2015
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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  • Today's Older Population

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