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Changing Concepts of Morbidity and Mortality in the Elderly Population

Kenneth G. Manton
The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly. Health and Society
Vol. 60, No. 2 (Spring, 1982), pp. 183-244
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Milbank Memorial Fund
DOI: 10.2307/3349767
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3349767
Page Count: 62
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Abstract

One of the most serious challenges facing the U.S. today is how to plan for a rapidly aging population. Despite increased speculation about how public and private institutions might respond, there is yet little agreement on the causes, dynamics, and magnitude of the phenomenon. A model of human mortality-among others-is presented to clarify the central importance of chronic disease to both the challenge and future responses.

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