The form of elder care provided varies greatly among countries and is changing rapidly. Even within the same country, regional differences exist with respect to the care for the elderly. Traditionally elder care has been the responsibility of family members and was provided within the extended family home. Increasingly in modern societies, elder care is now being provided by state or charitable institutions.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases that affect areas in or around joints and causes pain, loss of movement and sometimes swelling. Arthritis costs the U.S. $128 billion annually, is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15.
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