Kerry Sargent-Cox

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Economic stress and uncertainty is argued to increase older adults' vulnerability to physical health decline and mental distress. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of research that examines the relationship between a large historical economic event, such as the recent global financial crisis (GFC), and health outcomes for older adults. This study provides a(More)
OBJECTIVES Few studies report incidence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and other mild cognitive disorders (MCD) in cohorts in their 60s, at an age when diagnoses are less stable. The authors' goal was to estimate the incidence and prevalence of MCI and MCD, characterize subgroups with stable vs nonstable diagnoses, and evaluate the impact of diagnosis(More)
BACKGROUND Self-rated health (SRH) measures with different wording and reference points are often used as equivalent health indicators in public health surveys estimating health outcomes such as healthy life expectancies and mortality for older adults. Whilst the robust relationship between SRH and mortality is well established, it is not known how(More)
BACKGROUND Self-rated health is commonly employed in research studies that seek to assess the health status of older individuals. Perceptions of health are, however, influenced by individual and societal level factors that may differ within and between countries. This study investigates levels of self-rated health (SRH) and correlates of SRH among older(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare gender differences in alcohol use and the socioeconomic correlates of at-risk drinking among middle-aged and older adults in Australia, the United States (US) and South Korea. METHOD Data were drawn from large nationally representative surveys of people aged 45 years and older, collected in 2006. RESULTS Rates of any drinking and(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the determinants of self-rated health (SRH) in different age groups of older adults, including the oldest old. METHODS Variables assessing physical health, difficulty with self-care, depressive symptoms, and cognitive impairment were pooled and harmonized from three Australian longitudinal studies of ageing (N = 5,222). The(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine clustering among three major lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease (smoking, alcohol, and physical inactivity) and define sociodemographic subgroups with elevated risks of multiple lifestyle risk factors. METHOD Data on 6052 adults aged 28-32, 48-52, and 68-72 from wave 3 (2007-2010) of the PATH Through Life Cohort Study,(More)
AIMS To investigate self-reports of memory and health as predictors of transition to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or any mild cognitive disorder (any MCD) in a community-based study. METHOD 2,082 individuals, aged 60-64 years, were assessed at 2 time points 4 years apart for MCI using either the International Consensus Criteria, the Clinical Dementia(More)
OBJECTIVE This study assessed whether three commonly used self-rated health (SRH) items (global, age-comparative, and self-comparative) are equivalent measures of health perception for older adults. METHOD Regression analyses were used to simultaneously contrast the associations between physical, psychological, and social factors relating to health for(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the effect of the reference point of self-rated health (SRH) items on the trajectory of older adults' subjective health. DESIGN Seven waves of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (1992 to 2004) were used to determine change in SRH in a large sample (N = 2,081; 49% men) of older adults (65+ years). MAIN(More)