Age takes hold of us by surprise: Life course markers of vulnerability to adverse events of ageing in England

Title
Age takes hold of us by surprise: Life course markers of vulnerability to adverse events of ageing in England
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Bram Vanhoutte # University of Manchester
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Date and Time
23rd Oct 2018 13:00 - 23rd Oct 2018 14:15
Location
6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/q-step/community/events/research_seminars/2018/age_takes_hold_of_us_by_surprise_life_course_markers_of_vulnerability_to_adverse_events_of_ageing_in_england

Ageing in the public eye can be distilled to a limited number of adverse events, such as loss of health, partnership and wealth. While these events are a part of “normal ageing”, there is a high degree of variability as to when exactly these events happen. In his latest work, Bram Vanhoutte investigates to what extent the timing of bereavement, functional health loss and onset of poverty are adequate markers of ageing.

To do so, he and his collaborators investigate the extent to which each event is associated with gender, cohort and class, as well as duration in significant life history metrics, derived from life history data, using wave three to seven of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) in a survival analysis framework. The analysis shows that social inequalities have a strong and stable association, while life history metrics highlight specific aspects of the life course that are associated with earlier occurrence of each adverse event.

This seminar will take place on 23rd October, from 13.00-14.15 in the 6th floor staff room of the Chrystal Macmillan Building.

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