Inequalities in Health in an Aging Population: Patterns, Causes and Consequences

Source: ESRC Society Today

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Research summary

In a nutshell: The study’s key findings deal with 4 discernible dimensions of aging. One of the four dimension considers the impact of the route into retirement on older peoples’ social roles, relationships and their identities. Those who had taken early involuntary retirement had poorer mental health than those who had taken routine retirement, who in turn had poorer mental health that those who had taken a voluntary early retirement. In this latter group the mental health profile is still similar to those who were still working. But those who were long-term sick or unemployed had dramatically worse mental health than all other categories and such distinction was present across all ages for the three categories of routine, early voluntary and early involuntary retirees.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Acknowledgement: Department of Health – South East, Health Policy and Information Team Information Update No. 90


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