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2 Million Elderly Americans Were Homebound in 2011

The study attempted to estimate the number of homebound Americans, finding that 5.6 percent of the elderly, community-dwelling Medicare population was completely or mostly homebound in 2011. The researchers defined homebound as someone who hadn't left his or her home in the last month and mostly homebound as someone who rarely left home in the past month.

As discussed in the U.S. News Health Care Index, services for seniors are growing as the baby boomer population ages into Medicare, the government-sponsored health care for seniors. As the group ages, the number of homebound Americans is also expected to rise, presenting a problem for Medicare.

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