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In 2005, over 13.2 million persons aged 65 and older were discharged from short stay hospitals. This is a rate of 3,596 for every 10,000 persons aged 65+ which is over (3 times the rate for persons of all ages).

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2007. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2007/docs/2007profile.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2007
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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