Dutch chronically ill dont feel sick

6th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Not all elderly people suffering from a chronic disease feel ill.

This is one of the more surprising conclusions of a report on health and the elderly published by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM on Wednesday.

Half of all independently living elderly people in the Netherlands have at least one chronic disease. The most common of which are coronary heart disease, the after-effects of strokes, arthritis and diabetes. Despite their ailments, two-thirds say they don’t experience any physical limitations and more than half say they feel fit.

As a result of the ageing population, the number of people aged 65 and older will grow from 2.6 million to 4.5 million between 2010 and 2050. In less than 40 years from now one quarter of the Dutch population will be over 65 years, and 40 percent of that demographic will be over 80.

The report also shows that elderly people don’t feel lonely more often than young people. Nearly one third feel moderately to very lonely.



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