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What is the relationship between socioeconomic status and healthy aging?

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Andrew Lau
4 August 2021
What is the relationship between socioeconomic status and healthy aging?

What is the relationship between socioeconomic status and healthy aging?

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Kenji Chan
4 August 2021

You’re welcome.

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Andrew Lau
4 August 2021

Many thanks for your input to the discussion.

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Kenji Chan
4 August 2021

Socioeconomic status (SES) has been shown to be associated with healthy aging and increased life expectancy. Conversely, socioeconomic disadvantage in older people tends to marginalize them and may eventually breed ill health. Together with major changes in social institutions, such as the family, and in the economy, increasing demands for public and government care in older individuals come from ill health, including from psychiatric conditions such as dementia and depression. Universal health insurance is being debated as one remedy for such health inequalities. Moreover, in this situation, the great majority of patients and their families will need social care support, with inevitable economic implications.

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