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Understanding the unique gender differences in the aging process has become a matter of increased importance due to the aging of the baby boomer generation. The specific needs of older men have been of particular interest due to the unique medical and mental health needs of the male population and the difficulties that arise in engaging men in the health care system. This issue is even more complex when it comes to addressing the needs of male ethnic/racial and sexual minorities.

Health Differences

Overall, the health of the aging U.S. population has continually improved over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. Even the “oldest old” (80+ years of age) are displaying higher levels of independent functioning than ever before. Despite the natural, physical, and ...

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