Chart Of The Day

Jul 1 2011 @ 10:55am

Disability_elderly

Austin Frakt flags some good news. From a new paper by David Cutler and Mary Beth Landrum:

Younger people are healthier than younger people used to be, but the same is true of older people. Rather, health is improving because individual health deteriorates less rapidly now than in the past. We do not know exactly why this occurs, but we show that the average trend masks significant heterogeneity. Even as health deteriorates overall as people age, health is improving for a significant minority of people.