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Most seniors rely on devices, caregivers for daily tasks

About two-thirds of older Americans depend on other people or devices to complete routine daily tasks, a University of Michigan study found.

The researchers interviewed 8,000 men and women age 65 and older to see how they performed activities such as going outside, getting out of bed, eating, and dressing. They asked whether these activities were completed with any assistance from devices such as walkers, grab bars, or wheelchairs, or whether they received help from a caregiver within the last month.

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