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Among older Americans, 6 of the 7 leading causes of death are chronic diseases.

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Older Americans 2006: Key indicators of well-being. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2006. http://www.agingstats.gov/Agingstatsdotnet/Main_Site/Data/2006_Documents/OA_2006.pdf

Reference

Title
Older Americans 2006: Key indicators of well-being
Publisher
U.S. Government Printing Office
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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