How networking, volunteering and attending clubs improves health
As the proportion of older people in European countries is on the rise, identifying factors that influence old age health is of major importance. Researchers from the University of Rome now show how social capital in the form of networking, volunteering, and attending clubs can be preventive against poor self-perceived health. >> Read more
Health Inequalities between Migrants and Non-Migrants
How the "Healthy Immigrant Effect" declines over time
Migrants are often healthier than a comparable group of non-migrants. However, this "healthy immigrant effect" often declines with the migrants' age and length of stay in their new home - as an international research team shows by tracing changes in mental and physical health over time. >> Read more
Retirement and Mental Health
Women and blue-collar workers benefit from positive effects on mental health
Considering individual characteristics like gender, marital status, number of children and occupation before retirement, researchers from Germany and the Netherlands found a protective effect of retiring on mental health. However, this effect is distributed unevenly: women and blue-collar workers benefit most from it – coincidentally, they also are the groups displaying the most symptoms of clinical depression. >> 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 around 140,000 individuals (approximately 380,000 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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