Health Profiles and Profile Specific Health Expectancies of Older Women and Men: The Netherlands

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Abstract

This study focuses on gender differences in health profiles, and examines which health profiles drive gender differences in remaining life expectancy in women and men aged 65 and over in The Netherlands. Data from the first two cycles of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (n = 2,141 and 1,659, respectively) were used to calculate health profiles for individuals of 65-85 years. For both women and men, six profiles were found: I. cancer; II. "other" chronic diseases; III. cognitive impairment; IV. frailty or multimorbidity; V. cardiovascular diseases; and VI. good health. The further characterization of these types showed some gender differences. Remaining life expectancy for women was greater than for men in each health profile. A decomposition into health expectancies showed that both women and men could expect to live about 5 years in good health from age 66. The greatest gender differences in years spent with health problems were found for profile IV and for profile III. Their greater number of years spent in these health states have direct con-sequences for the type and cost of care women need. © 2002 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-46
JournalJournal of Women & Aging
Volume14
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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