SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 1 - March 2021
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SHARE Findings Newsletter

This newsletter informs about selected new research findings based on data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

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Do grandparents treat their offspring equally?

The differences in grandparental childcare provision for biological, adopted and step-offspring
Nowadays, a variety of family models, like patchwork families or families with adopted children, occur more often in Europe. Therefore, researchers Tanskanen et al. examined the differences of grandparental childcare within these families.
They discovered that grandparents are less likely to provide childcare to stepchildren than to biological offspring, whereas biological and adopted children receive an equal amount of care.  >> Read more

The challenge of e-inclusion in Europe

Recent studies with SHARE data analyse internet use in the age cohorts 50+ and recommend strategies for digital inclusion

Loneliness has been associated with various negative health outcomes. Two studies based on SHARE data show that the internet and especially social networks can be potential remedies against loneliness.
They show that access to the internet and to accompanying educational opportunities are important tools in order to include age cohorts 50+ into digital communication.
>> Read more

Age is just a number

New SHARE-based study explores the impact of different individual age identites on mental and physical well-being

Feeling younger than one's chronological age is associated with various positive aspects of physical and mental health. Bergman and Shrira investigated this effect using data from SHARE Israel while distinguishing for cultural sub-groups.
The results show that a younger subjective age was positively linked with objective health, subjective health, and mental well-being. Further, this linkage may be a more powerful determining factor for well-being when resources are less available to a specific societal sub-group. >> Read more

The role of mental fitness for physical fitness

Based on SHARE data, researchers investigate a time-ordered relationship between cognition and physical activity after the age of 50
A study by Cheval et al. with SHARE data provides a new perspective on the relationship between cognition and physical activity: They find that people who score high at cognitive tests are associated with more frequent engagement in physical activity. Further, the study identifies a chronological order in this relationship, meaning that age-related decline of cognitive resources precedes the decline in physical activity while aging. >> Read more
About SHARE:
SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. From 2004 until today, 480,000 in-depth interviews with 140,000 people aged 50 or older from 28 European countries and Israel have been conducted. Thus, SHARE is the largest pan-European social science panel study providing internationally comparable longitudinal micro data which allows insights in the fields of public health and socio-economic living conditions of European individuals, both for scientists and policy makers. SHARE has global impact since it not only covers all EU member countries in a strictly harmonized way but additionally is embedded in a network of sister studies all over the world, from the Americas to Eastern Asia. SHARE is centrally coordinated at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), a division of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, directed by Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. as Managing Director of SHARE-ERIC.
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