Deprived start into life has a life-long impact on health
The effects of early-life socioeconomic conditions on health in old age
Researchers Cheval et al. explore in two new studies how childhood influence physical activity and health in old-age. Their results show that growing up in an adverse socioeconomic situation leads to an increased risk of being physical inactive and having a lower muscle strength in later life. Even an improved socioeconomic situation in the life-course can only partly offset this early-life disadvantage. >> Read more
Having children affects health
The impact of number and timing of one's children on health in later life
Researchers Keenan and Grundy explore how fertility history impacts health in the long term. Their findings show that high parity and early parenthood may be associated with worse health: men and women who became parents at a young age as well as parents of four or more children are more likely to show poorer health and faster health declines in old age. Childlessness and late parenting, however, can have both positive and negative impacts on health in later life. >> Read more
Childhood affects lung function in old age
The effects of socioeconomic cicumstances on respiratory functions
In their study, researchers Cheval et al. measure the association between childhood socioeconomic conditions and respiratory function in old age. Their findings show that people who grew up in a financially and educationally disadvantaged environment show worse lung functions in old age. This association persisted, even if they improved their socioeconomic conditions over the life course and showed positive health behaviours. >> Read more
SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 120,000 individuals (approximately 297,000 interviews) from 27 European countries and Israel aged 50 or older. The data are available to the entire research community free of charge.
SHARE responds to a Communication by the European Commission calling to "examine the possibility of establishing, in co-operation with Member States, a European Longitudinal Ageing Survey". SHARE has become a major pillar of the European Research Area, selected as one of the projects to be implemented in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2006 and given a new legal status as the first ever European Research Infrastructure Consortium (SHARE-ERIC) in March 2011. SHARE is centrally coordinated by Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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