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Families Experiencing Chronic Physical and Mental Health Conditions

  • By: Karen A. Roberto
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Americans are living longer than ever before, primarily as a result of improved medical care, enhanced public health services, and increased use of preventive health practices. However, living longer does not necessarily mean living life without illness and disease. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 80% of adults aged 65 and older have at least one chronic health condition, conditions that are long term, often permanent, and result in disabilities that require daily management. Further, coping with multiple health problems is common in late life. Older persons with chronic health problems become increasingly vulnerable to the physical and mental limitations associated with these conditions. They often require help performing personal care tasks and home management activities. Personal care tasks are activities ...

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