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Aging people in the 21st century: New realities

 Line of Knowledge: Planning and models of care
 Author: Del Barrio, E., Yanguas, J., Sancho, M.
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Improvements in the pharmaceutical industry, rehabilitation and the healthcare system are contributing to a delay in disability and death. This increase in life expectancy has brought with it a change in the significance of age. Currently, 2 out of 10 people in Spain are elderly, and 3 out of 10 elderly people are octogenarians.

Social changes and other situations arising from investment in health and healthy living test the capacity of older people to adapt to changes, from which other new realities emerge, which we can barely intuit at the moment, but which will characterize aging in the future.

Understanding and characterizing how people experience the different circumstances and conditions of aging is essential to be able to formulate initiatives that support the different situations of need and assistance.