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Caring for Older People

Published:November 01, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2022.10.003
      Increased life expectancy is considered one of the greatest medical, social and technological achievements in contemporary society. A 60-year-old Australian today, on average, is expected to have a further 25 years added to life, and globally, this trend has been observed in both developed and developing nations (

      World Health Organization (2022). Data platform: maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing: ageing country profile. Available from: https://platform.who.int/data/maternal-newborn-child-adolescent-ageing/static-visualizations/ageing-country-profile. [Accessed 10 October 2022].

      ). However, this longevity also presents two important facets to ageing: (i) people living longer and healthier lives; or (ii) people living longer with chronic illness and disability. For example, there has been a significant reduction of mortality from chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes (
      • Magliano D.J.
      • Chen L.
      • Carstensen B.
      • Gregg E.W.
      • Pavkov M.E.
      • Salim A.
      • et al.
      Trends in all-cause mortality among people with diagnosed diabetes in high-income settings: a multicountry analysis of aggregate data.
      ), resulting in more older people managing and living with this chronic condition up into their 80s-90s.
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