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Disabilities among older adults

Of people aged 65 and over, 36 percent reported having some sort of disability (i.e. difficulty hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, self-care, or independent living).

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2014; 2015. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/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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