FamilyPracticeNews.com - "Most Elderly 90+ Dependent on Government Programs"
The long-term effects of gender, racial, and income disparities in access to health care in the United States can be seen in full magnification within the nation’s most rapidly growing population: Those adults who live into their 90s. Whites are by far the majority of the 90+ group. They are living longer than any other racial or ethnic group in the country, and they posses the highest level of education and the greatest financial security. Despite these differences, virtually all the oldest of the old depend on government programs, including Medicaid and Social Security, according to a new report issued by the United States Census Bureau. The report, "90+ in the United States: 2006-2008" illustrates the disparities that inevitably affect health and longevity, according to Dr. Audrey Chun, director of the Martha Stewart Center for Living at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
- Dr. Audrey Chun, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Director of the Martha Stewart Center for Living, The Mount Sinai Medical Center