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Health inequalities during older age: research evidence

Sheena Asthana and Joyce Halliday

in What works in tackling health inequalities?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346742
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.003.0012
Health inequalities during older age: research evidence

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This chapter explores the consequences of poverty and income polarisation for health inequalities in later life. It discusses the extent to which age is a more important source of health exclusion for older people than socio-economic status per se. It suggests that though differentials in health status decline after middle age, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that lower socio-economic status is associated with greater mortality, poorer mental health and a higher prevalence of disability among older people.

Keywords: poverty; income polarisation; health inequalities; health exclusion; older people; socio-economic status; mortality; mental health; disability

Chapter.  14859 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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