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Human Biodemography: Some challenges and possibilities

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  • Kaare Christensen

    (University of Southern Denmark, Odense)

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    This opinion report - in a series on the future of biodemography - focuses on promising areas that I think will be valuable to develop in the future in order to get a better understanding of the determinants of the health and well-being of elderly people. I discuss two major themes: i) the benefits of strengthening the ties between biodemography and medical-clinical disciplines to better understand the link between functioning/diseases/ vulnerability and mortality, ii) the male-female health-survival paradox (i.e., males report better health than females, but encounter higher mortality at all ages), and how this paradox may shed light on fundamental aging processes.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 43 (September)
    Pages: 1575-1586

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:19:y:2008:i:43

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    Keywords: ageing processes; determinants; elderly; longitudinal; male/female differences; mortality;

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    1. Anne C. Case & Christina Paxson, 2004. "Sex Differences in Morbidity and Mortality," NBER Working Papers 10653, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Olsen, Karen M. & Dahl, Svenn-Åge, 2007. "Health differences between European countries," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 64(8), pages 1665-1678, April.
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