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What works in tackling health inequalities?Pathways, policies and practice through the lifecourse$
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Sheena Asthana

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346742

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.001.0001

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Health inequalities during older age: research evidence

Health inequalities during older age: research evidence

(p.475) Twelve Health inequalities during older age: research evidence
What works in tackling health inequalities?

Sheena Asthana

Joyce Halliday

Policy Press

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

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