Late-Life Disability Trends and Trajectories

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Late-life disability, broadly defined as difficulties in carrying out everyday tasks or participating in social activities due to a lack of " ... fit between individuals and their environments" , is a topic of intense and sustained interest. Under this broad definition disability is complex and multidimensional, and can be associated with any of numerous physiological, cognitive, or health conditions ranging from arthritis to advanced dementia. Disability is a key indicator of population health, and the population of people with disabilities is an important target group for monitoring and intervention. For example, the interagency Healthy People 2020 initiative includes several goals aimed at those with disabilities. These goals include enhancing opportunities for such people to be included in community and health promotion activities; to receive well-timed interventions and services; to interact with their environment without barriers; and to participate in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Aging and the Social Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationEighth Edition
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780124172357
StatePublished - 2016


  • Activity limitation
  • Disability decline
  • Disability prevalence
  • Measurement
  • Personal care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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