The uneven dividend: health and well-being in later life

Anna Coote

in Unequal ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424129
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304098 | DOI:
The uneven dividend: health and well-being in later life

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In later life, health determines what growing old means to people. However, there are gross inequalities in the way health is distributed across the human population, both between countries and within countries, and between different groups and neighbourhoods. This chapter focuses on health inequalities: how they affect people's experience as they grow older and how growing older can compound them. Poverty is arguably the most significant cause of inequality in health and well-being. In addition, social and economic conditions powerfully influence health and well-being in later life. The chapter outlines several reasons why health inequalities matter and how they can be prevented.

Keywords: health inequalities; poverty; social conditions; later life; economic conditions

Chapter.  8690 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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