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10 facts on ageing and the life course

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When it comes to health, there is no ‘typical’ older person

Biological ageing is only loosely associated with person age in years. Some 80 year-olds have physical and mental capacities similar to many 20 year-olds. Other people experience declines in physical and mental capacities at much younger ages.

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