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TitleGrowing old, unhealthy and unequal: an exploratory study on the health of Portuguese individuals aged 50+
Author(s)Dias, Isabel Maria Machado Correia Brioso
Ferreira, Priscila
Pinto, Lígia
Valente, Marieta
Benesch, Paula Alexandra
KeywordsAgeing
Health
Inequality
Issue dateNov-2017
Abstract(s)In this study we provide evidence on the health status and the role of gender and socioeconomic inequality in self reported health and morbidity status amongst the elderly in Portugal. We find a negative self-perception of health status amongst the elderly; high prevalence of chronic diseases since an earlier age; high level of depression problems reported by women; and high levels of disability amongst the oldest old. There are, nonetheless, substantial differences in health status between age groups that suggest a potential for health gains in the future. The prevalence of chronic diseases, mental problems and high disability requires an adequate (re)organization of healthcare delivery to the elderly. Moreover, the evidence presented clearly calls for a gendered perspective on health policy, particularly in mental health policy.
TypeWorking paper
DescriptionNIMA Working Papers
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/48513
Peer-Reviewedno
AccessOpen access
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