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Growing Older: Disability or Inability?

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It's something we all face - growing older. For many of us old age will mean diminished eyesight, hearing, memory and mobility. The U.S. is aging - fast. There are more people over 65 now than ever before, and the segment of population 85 and older is growing the fastest. A Georgia Tech study a few years ago found that the percentages of people with disabilities increases significantly with age - 14 percent by age 40, 30 percent at 60 and 46 percent at age 70. Maintaining independence is a tricky part of growing older. Independence is important to people, but it's not always easy with diminished abilities. And as Todd Moe reports, it's not always easy to talk about, either.

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

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