Health Among the Elderly in Germany: New Evidence on Disease, Disability and Care Need

Verlag Barbara Budrich

Whether increasing life expectancy leads to better health remains still controversial. Three topics are explored: (1) vanguard groups which inform about possible levels of health if the general social and environmental conditions were to approach those of the vanguard group; (2) the social and behavioral determinants of health differentiated into proximal and distal factors; (3) vulnerable groups such as migrants and the health differences between migrant groups. Newly available population-based data as well as new study designs and advanced statistical modelling form the basis for the empirical analyses.
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Prof. Dr. Gabriele Doblhammer, Professor of Empirical Methods in Social Science and Demography, University of Rostock; Executive Director of the Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change, University of Rostock and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rosto
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Verlag Barbara Budrich
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Published on
Nov 19, 2014
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Pages
214
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ISBN
9783847402886
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English
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Social Science / Gerontology
Social Science / Sociology / General
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