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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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The Oldest Old

The Oldest Old

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(p.191) 16 The Oldest Old
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
Author(s):

Ruth E. Dunkle

Hae-Sook Jeon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0016

As the demographic landscape of the world changes, people are curious about those who live well beyond their life expectancy; those people referred to as the oldest old. Their chronological age has been a fascination to researchers and practitioners. This chapter reports findings in the main areas of function and well-being, sociodemographic factors, mental health, social support, and health. Where possible, findings regarding the very old (85+) are compared and contrasted with those on the young old (65-75 years of age) and the old (75-85 years of age). Racial and ethnic variations are addressed, as well as caregiving and service delivery issues, and culturally competent care for the very old.

Keywords:   aging, elderly, life expectancy, very old

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