Washington: Due to medical advances, people are not only living longer, they are also enjoying a healthier old age, Harvard researchers including one of Indian origin have found. The UK study shows that even as life expectancy has increased over the past two decades, people have become increasingly healthier later in life. "With the exception of the year or two just before death, people are healthier than they used to be," David Cutler from the Harvard University, said. "Effectively, the period of time in which we`re in poor health is being compressed until just before the end of life. So where we used to see people who are very, very sick for the final six or seven years of their life, that`s now far less common. People are living to older ages and we are adding healthy years, not debilitated ones," said Cutler. The study results are based on data collected between 1991 and 2009 from nearly 90,000 individuals who responded to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS).
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