Increasing Disability Rates

Posted on April 5, 2010


According to a study published in the December issue of the Journals of Gerontology, disability rates among older Americans increased between 2000 and 2005. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of California, Berkeley. There had been a consistent decline in disability since the 1980s, but this study shows that the decline may have ended.

The study shows a nine percent increase in how many people age 65 and older have trouble with daily activities such as dressing or bathing due to a condition that lasted at least six months. This study only looked at adults who are not institutionalized. The University of California, Berkeley press release about the study states that the researchers might attribute some of the increase in disability rates among older adults to the decrease of older Americans living in nursing homes. There are many more options today for different types of home care, and therefore, fewer people are in nursing homes.