Washington: People, who live to an older age, are more likely to suffer from disability near the end of life and require assistance of a caregiver to complete the activities of daily living.According to the study background, while many people do live into their eighth and ninth decades independently and free of disability, the end-of-life course is increasingly likely to be marked by disability.Alexander K. Smith, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues used a nationally representative sample of older Americans to determine national estimates of disability during the last two years of live.Disability was defined as needing help with at least one of the following activities of daily living: dressing, bathing, eating, transferring, walking across the room and using the toilet.The study included 8,232 decedents whose average age at death was 79 years. Of the decedents, 52 percent were women.
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