The oldest Americans are doing better than those between the ages of 55 and 64, according to a new study of aging trends funded by the National Institute on Aging and researched by several U.S. universities and think tanks.

Americans between the ages of 65 and 84 are experiencing the same level of disabilities as they did at the start of the 21st Century, the study found.

"A new pattern has emerged by age," said University of Michigan demographer Vicki Freedman, lead author of the study.  "We found essentially flat trends for those between 65 and 84 years of age, sandwiched between increases among the population ages 55 to 64 and decreases among those ages 85 and older."

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