Old People Die Alarmingly Quickly in Nursing Homes, Study Finds

If you're going to put Grandma or Grandpa in a nursing home — don't put off making a visit. That's the upshot of a U.C. San Francisco study published this week, which reveals elders often don't last very long in care facilities.

Of its sample of nursing home patients who died between 1992 and 2006, a full 80 percent were dead within one year, claims the study, which appears in the current edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  The paper also determined that death, like life, ain't fair: Men die faster than women; and married people die quicker than single ones. Counter-intuitively, however, richer people die faster than poorer ones.

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