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Who Lives Alone During Old Age? Trends in the Social and Functional Disadvantages of Sweden's Solitary Living Older Adults
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
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Number of Authors: 52018 (English)In: Research on Aging, ISSN 0164-0275, E-ISSN 1552-7573, Vol. 40, no 9, p. 815-838Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study identifies specific social and functional disadvantages associated with living alone during old age in Sweden and assesses whether these associations have changed during recent decades. Data came from repeated cross-sectional surveys of Swedish adults aged 77+ during 1992-2014. Findings indicate that several types of disadvantage are consistently associated with the probability of living alone including financial insecurity and having never married for women and having never married and mobility impairment for men. Also for older men, low education has become an increasing strong determinant of living alone. These findings suggest that older adults who live alone are a subgroup that is particularly, and in some cases increasingly, vulnerable with respect to social and functional status. This has important policy implications related to addressing the needs of this growing subgroup as well as methodological implications for studies on the health effects of living alone.

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2018. Vol. 40, no 9, p. 815-838
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living arrangements, older adults, aging in place, changes over time
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Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160190DOI: 10.1177/0164027517747120ISI: 000442524700001PubMedID: 29241401OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160190DiVA, id: diva2:1254701
Available from: 2018-10-10 Created: 2018-10-10 Last updated: 2018-10-10Bibliographically approved

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