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Distribution of remaining life expectancy by disability state: healthy, moderately limited, and severely limited.

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posted on 07.05.2013, 02:25 by Collin F. Payne, James Mkandawire, Hans-Peter Kohler

This figure shows the proportion of remaining life an average individual will spend in healthy, moderately limited (mod. limited), and severely limited (sev. limited) life at age 45, 55, 65, and 75 y, for women (A) and men (B). The height and area of each bar is proportional to the overall remaining LE of the synthetic cohorts with initial ages of 45, 55, 65 and 75 y, and the differently shaded areas represent the distribution of the remaining LE across the three disability states: healthy, moderately limited, and severely limited. The bars do not necessarily reflect the ordering of these life-years by disability states, as individuals in our analysis can recover and relapse between disability states, so not all years of limitation are spent at the end of life.