Definitions, social trends and epidemiology

Chris Dodds, Chandra M. Kumar and Frédérique Servin

in Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient

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Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234622
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607082 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Definitions, social trends and epidemiology

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The proportion of the elderly is increasing.

There are now more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 16.

Dependency increases with advanced age.

The social and financial costs of dependency are staggeringly large.

Many countries, medically, spend far more on those over 65 than on those who are younger.

Elderly cohorts differ markedly – research has a ‘sell-by’ date.

Social changes, such as independent living, have a major influence of health care provision.

Life expectancy is increasing.

Technological advances will play a major part in the delivery of care to the elderly.

Anaesthesia still has an important role in maintaining independence.

Chapter.  2790 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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