SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 1 - February 2022
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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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Inequalities in access to healthcare during COVID-19 

Economically vulnerable people 50+ are more likely to experience healthcare barriers during the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic caused severe disruptions in healthcare provisions. While some individuals had planned care postponed, others were unable to attend appointments or forwent care due to fear of infection. Barriers were especially high for people who were already in an economically disadvantaged situation and for people with initially poor health. >> Read more

Grip strength as an indicator of depression

Individuals aged 50+ with higher grip strength values have a lower risk of depression

In the search for easy and inexpensive methods to help with the diagnosis of depression, grip strength can help as a screening tool among people aged 50+. Low grip strength values are connected to a potential risk of having depression and developing depression within the following four years, for both men and women.
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Planned retirement age increases across Europe

Europeans are adapting to institutional reforms aimed at prolonging working lives

Policy measures are showing their intended effect to prolong working lives, as the average planned retirement age has increased across Europe. However, individual planning remains dependent on country norms, health, socioeconomic position and gender, thus reproducing specific social inequalities. >> Read more

Who are the unvaccinated in Europe?

Researchers analyzed the willingness to get vaccinated against the background of demographic, socio-economic and health factors of people in Europe and Israel

There is a high rate of vaccination uncertainty and refusals across most of the Eastern European and Baltic states compared to the other European regions in the West, South and North of Europe. Additionally, people with economic difficulties and lower incomes, as well as those with lower educational status, were less likely to opt for vaccination. Physical health and being directly affected by COVID-19 in the immediate environment also played an important role. >> Read more
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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, 530,000 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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