Disabilities Sidelining Middle-Age Adults
More Baby Boomers Reporting Mobility Problems, Study Finds
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The researchers say the increases in conditions causing disability may
reflect real deterioration of health, or perhaps improved awareness of such
problems and early diagnosis and treatment.
Also, the researchers say improved medical care has extended the lives of
people whose disabilities started early in life, and might not have lived to
age 50 in earlier decades.
Though obesity is cited as a major cause of health problems, it was not
mentioned as an important cause of limitations by those reporting mobility
issues, the researchers say.
“We have this uptick of people in their 50s and early 60s who say they need
help with their daily activities of living and we’re not sure why,” Vicki A.
Freeman, PhD, a professor at the Institute for Social Research at the
University of Michigan, says in the news release. “But the patterns suggest the
need for prevention and early intervention before the age of Medicare