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Most older Americans have at least one chronic condition.  From 2006-2008, the most frequently occurring conditions among older Americans were:

  • Hypertension (38%)
  • Diagnosed arthritis (50%)
  • All types of heart disease (32%)
  • Any cancer (22%)
  • Diabetes (18%)
  • Sinusitis (14%)

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2010. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2010profile.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2010
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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