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Health at Older Ages

Edited by David M. Cutler and David A. Wise

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226132310
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226132327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226132327.001.0001
Health at Older Ages

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Americans are living longer—and staying healthier longer—than ever before. Despite the rapid disappearance of pensions and health care benefits for retirees, older people are healthier and better off than they were twenty years ago. In this book, a team of economists analyzes the foundations of disability decline, quantifies this phenomenon in economic terms, and proposes what might be done to accelerate future improvements in the health of our most elderly populations. The volume argues that educational attainment, high socioeconomic status, an older retirement age, and accessible medical care have improved the health and quality of life of seniors. Along the way, it outlines the economic benefits of disability decline, such as an increased rate of seniors in the workplace, relief for the healthcare system and care-giving families, and reduced medical expenses for the elderly themselves.

Keywords: pensions; health care benefits; retirees; older people; disability decline; elderly populations; educational attainment; high socioeconomic status; retirement age; medical care

Book.  506 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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