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September 1983 (Volume 61)
Robert N. Butler
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Proposals to raise the full retirement age for workers assume that, because Americans are living longer, they are living with less morbidity. But current data on rates of sickness are inadequate for conclusions about the degree of sickness or functional health. Any solution to policy issues that assumes biomedical and psychosocial homogeneity of the elderly population-at any age-is bound to be unfair and unwise.
Author(s): Robert N. Butler
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Volume 61, Issue 3 (pages 420–429) Published in 1983
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