Illness, not age, is the leveler of social mortality differences in old age.

  title={Illness, not age, is the leveler of social mortality differences in old age.},
  author={Rasmus Hoffmann},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  volume={66 3},
OBJECTIVES Although mortality differences between groups of different socioeconomic status (SES) are known to decrease at higher age, the reasons for this are unknown. This study reviews the existing arguments for convergence versus divergence of SES mortality differences in old age, differentiates between increasing age and worsening health, and discusses explanations for the observed convergence. METHODS Register data of all Danish men aged ≥ 59 years between 1980 and 2002 (n = 938,427… CONTINUE READING

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