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Date:4/7/2010

help with personal care among this group remains very low -- less than 2 percent -- this rise in disability is reason for concern."

"It does not bode well for future trends for the 65 and older population," she said in the news release. "Plus there are substantial personal and societal costs of caring for people of any age who need help."

The findings indicate a need for earlier intervention, added Vicki A. Freedman, a researcher professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and a co-author of the report.

"We have this uptick of people in their 50s and 60s who say they need help with their daily activities of living. and we're not sure why," Freedman said in the news release. "But the patterns suggest the need for prevention and early intervention before the age of Medicare eligibility."

The study is published in the April issue of Health Affairs.

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Rand Corporation, news release, April 6, 2010


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