Longer Life but Worsening Health? Trends in Health and Mortality of Middle-Aged and Older Persons

The marked decline in mortality rates for those aged 45 years and over during the past decade is an imperfect measure of improvement in the nation’s health. Most indicators of chronic disease and disability suggest an increased pool of poor health. Specific medical advances and broad social changes explain the seemingly contradictory data from the National Health Interview Surveys. The health of future cohorts of adults is likely to be quite different.

Author(s): Lois M. Verbrugge

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Volume 62, Issue 3 (pages 475–519)
Published in 1984