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10 facts on ageing and the life course

An older woman in a wheelchair and a second woman look at a painting in a gallery.
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There is little evidence that older people today are in better health than their parents

The proportion of older people in high-income countries needing help from another person to carry out basic activities such as eating and washing may have declined slightly over the past 30 years. However, there has been little change in the prevalence of less severe limitations in functioning.

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