Handicaps, as a descriptive framework for the disabling conditions associated with risk factors for older populations, including the conditions discussed in the remaining chapters of this report. The committee notes that health care for older individuals is currently in transition. Thus, methods that appear relevant and useful today may become outmoded as the discussion of disability classification continues. It is the committee's hope that widespread use of the WHO system will bring health professionals into this arena to contribute their views and insights to the development of alternative approaches. The committee also urges careful attention to the views of members of the disabled community, as well as bioethicists (see Appendixes A and B of this report), whose unique perspectives often reveal overlooked distinctions between disability in the abstract and in the "real" world.


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