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The phase of life that follows the end of the regular working lifetime. For most people in affluent nations, this comes in the seventh decade, usually around age 60 to 65 years. It is a major milestone for many people, often a time when nascent chronic disabling diseases declare themselves because their natural history determines their overt onset, or emotional stresses associated with declining income and loss of self-esteem precipitate their onset. In an ideal world, it would be the epochal milestone when the expertise of preventive geriatrics would be deployed to minimize the impact of age-related impairments and disability.

Subjects: Social Sciences.

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