Study: Little progress made in limiting disability in old age

07/12/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The U.S. is making little progress toward the goal of achieving prolonged good health into old age, with only a brief period of disability before death, research shows. "Despite massive investment in geriatric medicine, we can sometimes delay or slow down disability, but we can't prevent it. A vast majority of people who live to older ages live with disability or a mobility problem in the last years of life, and for women it's even more likely," said Dr. Alex Smith, a palliative care specialist and lead author of the study.

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