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“Understanding Well-being in the Oldest Old” highlights culture change in eldercare

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Decades ago, few people lived to be 85 years old, or older. However, now, the fastest growing segment of our population is a group of people often referred to by professionals as the “very old.” The definition of “the very old” or the “oldest old” is people aged 85 and above, many of whom live in care facilities.

These aged people have largely been ignored by many as a group that is too old to really live.

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