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CAMARGOS, Mirela Castro Santos; MACHADO, Carla Jorge  and  RODRIGUES, Roberto Nascimento. Life expectancy among elderly Brazilians in 2003 according to different levels of functional disability. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.4, pp. 845-852. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2008000400015.

The aim of the present study was to estimate disability-free life expectancy for the Brazilian elderly in 2003, by gender and age, based on different concepts of functional disability. The Sullivan method is used to combine the period life tables from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE, 2003) and the prevalence of functional disability according to the 2003 National Sample Household Survey (PNAD 2003). The main results of the study indicate that at age 60, Brazilian men can expect to live 19 years, 39% with mild, 21% with moderate, and 14% with severe functional disability, respectively. At the same age, Brazilian women can expect to live 22 years: 56% with mild, 32% with moderate, and 18% with severe functional disability.

Keywords : Aged; Active Life Expectancy; Frail Elderly.

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