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Research gaps in the demography of aging with disability

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Freedman, Vicki. 2014. "Research gaps in the demography of aging with disability." Disability and Health Journal, 7(1 suppl): S60-S63.

The evidence base regarding the demography of aging with disabilities in the US is growing yet substantial gaps remain. This paper summarizes seven major research gaps identified during a conference held in May 2012: how many adults are aging with disabilities; has survival improved for individuals aging with disabilities; can the notion of active life expectancy help inform understanding of aging with disability; what is the pattern of onset of secondary conditions for individuals aging with disabilities and how might such conditions be prevented and/or their debilitating effects ameliorated; what role has obesity had in shaping the population of individuals aging with disability; how do individuals aging with disability differ from those who develop disability later in life; and what are the long-term consequences of developing disability before late life for subsequent health, functioning, and socioeconomic outcomes. Bridging these gaps is crucial for enhancing understanding of this understudied population. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI:10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.04.009 (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC3901947. (Pub Med Central)

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