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Disabilities can be identified as falling under a wide range of categories such as health, physical, learning, psychological, and other cognitive impairments. Although disability is not an inevitable consequence of aging, with increasing age, disabilities become more common due to compounding health related concerns, such as chronic diseases. Proper health care, social support, and services that help those with disabilities age with dignity can mitigate some of the challenges associated with disabilities. By understanding the older adult population with disabilities, communities can better align services to meet upcoming and/or current needs and can also help older adults to maximize their independence and utilize their talents and abilities.
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