Volume 19 - Article 43 | Pages 1575-1586
Human Biodemography: Some challenges and possibilities
|Date received:||09 May 2007|
|Date published:||05 Sep 2008|
|Keywords:||ageing processes, determinants, elderly, longitudinal, male/female differences, mortality|
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.
Kaare Christensen - University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
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