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A few facts about healthy aging

Amber Martin
Published: December 06, 2010

Here are a few facts from a recently published Health Aging Fact Sheet, published by NCOA, the National Council on Aging.

Chronic Disease

90 percent of Americans Aged 55+ are at risk for hypertension.

Approximately 80 percent of older adults have a least one chronic disease, and 50 percent have at least two


Every 18 seconds, someone aged 65+ falls

In 2000, the total direct cost of all fall injuries for people aged 65+ exceeded 19 million

Mental Health

One in four older adults has a significant mental disorder

Depression affects seven million older Americans and many do not receive treatment.

Click here to view the entire Fact Sheet

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