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Women Live Longer Than Men, But Later Years Are Marked By Disability

July 2, 2010: 07:50 AM EST
Women in Spain have a higher life expectancy than men, but their physical condition in later years is much more likely to be poor, a new study has found. Looking at socioeconomic factors like education level and health factors such as limitations to daily activity of more than 4,000 people aged 64 and older in Barcelona, researchers discovered that social inequalities contributed to the problem. The pervasiveness of disability in people over age 64 rose among women between 1992 and 2006, but not among men. The prevalence of disability in 2006 was 30 percent among men and 53 percent in women, having increased among the most elderly women because of the “double burden of work,” domestic and outside the home, that women experience during their lives.
Albert Espelt, Laia Font-Ribera, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz, Lucia Artazcoz, Josep Ferrando, Aina Plaza, Carme Borrell, "Disability Among Older People in a Southern European City in 2006: Trends in Gender and Socioeconomic Inequalities", Journal of Women’s Health, July 02, 2010, © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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