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Beyond 50.03: A Report to the Nation on Independent Living and Disability

Although the vast majority of persons age 50 and older do not require long-term assistance at any given time, most people will require assistance at some point in their lives, and most families will face these issues with their older members.

What happens, then, when disabilities early or late in life threaten our independence and require us to rely on others for help with the ordinary routines of life?

This report, the third in AARP's Beyond 50 series, takes an in-depth look at the roles of supportive services, family and community, and our social and physical environments in enhancing the independence of age 50+ persons with disabilities.

Lead author for the 50.03 report is Mary Jo Gibson of AARP's Public Policy Institute (PPI); other authors are Marc Freiman, Steven Gregory, Enid Kassner, Andrew Kochera, Faith Mullen, Sheel Pandya, Don Redfoot, Audrey Straight and Bernadette Wright, all of PPI. (213 pages)

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Chapters I - IV (PDF, 90 pages)
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Chapters IX - XI (PDF, 90 pages)
Conclusions and Appendix (PDF, 90 pages)

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