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The aim of the present study was to determine whether the elimination of certain chronic diseases is capable of leading to the compression of morbidity among elderly individuals, in the city of Sao Paulo (Brazil), through an analysis of changes in life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy.
These results are consistent with the hypothesis that the compression of morbidity occurred throughout the entire 20th century.
During the past few decades, social gerontologists have debated the compression of morbidity thesis (Quadagno, 2002).
In order to measure and/or model such an outcome for elderly people, it is realized that while there are a number of age-associated physiological changes that occur in individuals, one cannot dismiss the impact of the environment, family and/or life-style and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics which have contributed towards the compression of morbidity and mortality, with the ultimate result of an improvement in well-being.
The first scenario to be considered takes its point of departure from recent debates about the so-called compression of morbidity or postponement of sickness in later life.
That idea came to be known as "the compression of morbidity theory.
Whether morbidity is increasing or not, we must now actively seek to reduce it in the future: we must actively manage the compression of morbidity.