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High Disability Rates in Last Two Years of Life

A post in The New York Times’ The New Old Age blog covers a new study that examined disability rates for the final two years of a person’s life. Researchers found that at 2 years before death 28% of people were disabled. Disability rates increased in older participants: half of those who died after age 90 were disabled 2 years before their death. The study also found that women experienced higher disability rates because they are more likely to develop “disabling disorders like depression, arthritis or osteoporosis,” and are more likely to be living alone.

Read the post in The New York Times’ The New Old Age blog.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.