How rates of cognitive decline differ among regions
A large variation in cognitive performance exists between European regions. Comparing the north, south, east and west, researchers Formanek et al. show that Scandinavians demonstrate the highest cognitive scores and individuals from Mediterranean countries the lowest. However, the Northerners also showed the highest rate of cognitive decline. - A finding, the authors attribute to differing levels of cognitive reserve. >> Read more
The blues side of grandchild care
Caring for grandchildren can increase grandparents’ risk of depression
New research findings point out another side of the reality of grandchild care: reduced spare time combined with the responsibility for the grandchild can leave grandparents feel overwhelmed and even increase their risk for depression. This is especially evident for grandparents who are intensively involved in grandchild care due to a lack of formal childcare options. >> Read more
Smoking behaviour in Europe
The positive health effect of tobacco control policies on older Europeans
Although quitting smoking even at an older age is associated with life expectancy gains, the impact of tobacco control policies on smoking behaviours of older Europeans has received little attention. Researchers now explored the relation between increased tobacco taxes, smoke-free policies and smoking reduction among older adults. Thus, introducing tobacco control policies correlates with a reduction in smoking among older people who may then hope for potential health gains. >> 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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