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Caring for the Dependent Elderly

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Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; Washington, D.C.

Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(3):387-388. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-85-3-387
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The populations of all Western industrialized societies have aged substantially in the past several decades. In the United States there will be a further dramatic increase in the proportion of the elderly in the next century; the percentage of persons older than 65 has gone from 4.1% in 1900 to 10.5% today and is expected to reach 17% in 2030. The biggest jump will occur in the years 2005 to 2030 when the number of people 65 and older is expected to go up from a little more than 30 million to more than 50 million, as those born in




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