Between January 2017 and June 2017, approximately 21.7% of adults aged 85 and older need assistance with activities of daily living (ADL). This is twice as likely as those aged 75 to 84 (8.5%), and more than six times as likely as adults aged 65 to 74 during the same time span. Activities of daily living are defined as personal care activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, and walking. These findings were presented in "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the National Health Interview Survey, 1997–June 2017," by Tainya C. Clarke, Ph.D.; Jeannine . . .
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