Monday, February 20, 2012

Chronic Disease - The Invisible Illness

by Richard M. Cohen

Some argue that literally half the population — roughly 150 million of us — deals with some sort of chronic condition. How do we account for such rampant growth?

The most obvious explanation is that the vast cohort of baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — is aging, with the first boomers turning 65 this year. Eighty percent of all people over 65 have a chronic condition.

As a result, vast numbers of us live with chronic illnesses, and our needs are too little understood. Often, our illnesses or disabilities are invisible to the world around us. That may be why some people do not really believe we are really sick. But you look so good, becomes our inside joke. Read the entire article.

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