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Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Health of Older Americans

Martin , Linda G. and Soldo, Beth J. and Committee , on Population and Commission on Behavioral and Social , Sciences and Education National Research Council (1997) Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Health of Older Americans. National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.. ISBN 0-309-05489-3

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Abstract

Older Americans, even the oldest, can now expect to live years longer than those who reached the same ages even a few decades ago. Although survival has improved for all racial and ethnic groups, strong differences persist, both in life expectancy and in the causes of disability and death at older ages. This book examines trends in mortality rates and selected causes of disability (cardiovascular disease, dementia) for older people of different racial and ethnic groups. The determinants of these trends and differences are also investigated, including differences in access to health care and experiences in early life, diet, health behaviors, genetic background, social class, wealth and income. Groups often neglected in analyses of national data, such as the elderly Hispanic and Asian Americans of different origin and immigrant generations, are compared. The volume provides understanding of research bearing on the health status and survival of the fastest-growing segment of the American population.


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Item Type: Book
Additional Information: This book is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: racial and ethnic groups, cardiovascular disease, dementia, access to health care, social class
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cardiovascular Disease
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    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 10:08
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2011 10:08
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2984

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