Many times you hear about a disease being more dangerous to the young and to the elderly. But what are the (approximate) ages that these statements are referring to?
For the purposes of this review, the older adolescent-young adult age range is considered to be 15 to 29 years of age. Most of the published analyses that have been performed on this age group were performed on subgroups in this age range, such as 15 to 19, 20 to 29, and 16 to 21 years of age. When known, the age range is specified in this review.
The term elderly usually refers to those age 65 or older. Examples of the article titles:
- Polypharmacy Among Adults Aged 65 Years and Older in the United States: 1988–2010
- People 65 Years and Older & Influenza
Other age categories (healthychildren.org):