Danielle A. I. Groffen

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BACKGROUND The relationship between low socioeconomic status (SES) and depressive symptoms is well described, also in older persons. Although studies have found associations between low SES and unhealthy lifestyle factors, and between unhealthy lifestyle factors and depressive symptoms, not much is known about unhealthy lifestyles as a potential explanation(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary artery calcium (CAC) and physical performance have been shown to be associated with mortality, but it is not clear whether one of them modifies the association. We investigated the association between the extent of CAC and physical performance among older individuals and explored these individual and combined effects on cardiovascular(More)
BACKGROUND Taking into account our rapidly ageing population, older people are of particular interest in studying health inequalities. Most studies of older persons only include measures of current socioeconomic status (SES) and do not take into account data from earlier stages of life. In addition, only classic SES measures are used, while alternative(More)
BACKGROUND Even in generally wealthy Western countries material deprivation and poverty are not uncommon. There is, however, little data on the prevalence of material deprivation and its associations with health-related dysfunction in older people. METHODS Cross-sectional data from the SMILE study were used to examine the prevalence of material(More)
BACKGROUND More so than the traditional socioeconomic indicators, such as education and income, wealth reflects the accumulation of resources and makes socioeconomic ranking manifest and explicitly visible to the outside world. While the lack of basic goods, such as a refrigerator, may affect health directly, via biological pathways, the lack of luxury(More)
To study whether the luxury goods make older people feel in better health and whether this association is similar in higher and lower social classes. SMILE consists of a Dutch general population consisting of 2.637 men and women aged 60 years and older in 2007. The SF-36 was used to measure health-related functioning. In the lower social class, having many(More)
BACKGROUND Chronically ill patients need to adapt to their impaired life condition. Social (e.g. social support), material (e.g. income) and personal (e.g. mastery) resources are needed to cope with this challenge. It is, however, less clear whether these factors also contribute to 'relatively successful functioning' and whether these effects are disease(More)
BACKGROUND Taking into account our rapidly ageing population, older people are of particular interest in studying health inequalities. The aim of the present study is to examine the relation between socio-economic status and health-related functioning in older people and to find out how material factors (e.g. the lack of basic goods) and psychosocial(More)
BACKGROUND There is much evidence for the influence of low socio-economic status on poor health. It is, however, also important to study the ways in which people attain and retain their socio-economic status and the factors that predict changes in socio-economic status, such as a decrease in income. Such mobility also occurs in older populations, in which(More)
BACKGROUND Using cross-sectional data from The Maastricht Study, we examined the association of socioeconomic conditions in early life with prediabetes and T2DM in adulthood. We also examined potential mediating pathways via both adulthood socioeconomic conditions and adult BMI and health behaviours. METHODS Of the 3263 participants (aged 40-75 years),(More)