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April 9, 2005

Older Adults Use CAM

According to a new study by professors of consumer science at Ohio State University, a higher percentage of adults over the age of 50 use alternative therapies in proportion to all adults surveyed.

"The percentage of older adults who used alternative medicine was higher than I expected," Hong said.

The most commonly used form of alternative medicine was chiropractor, which about 43 percent of respondents had used. Acupuncture was the least used.

The aches and pains that often come with age may also send more older adults to search for different kinds of treatments.

One of my favorite clients is in their late 80s and due to chronic pain they have a harder time getting around. They are also my neighbor, so sometimes I make house calls.

Posted by linda at April 9, 2005 5:12 PM

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