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Population aging: the effect of change in  educational composition
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2009 (English)In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF AGEING, ISSN 1613-9372, Vol. 6, no 3, 201-211 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigate how expected changes in the educational level composition of the older population may affect future prevalence of severe ill-health among older people in Sweden. Previous research has indicated that the number of older people, given educational differentials in mortality and expected changes in educational composition during the next decades, may increase more than expected following official population projections in Sweden. Eight alternative scenario projections for the possible development in the number of people with severe ill-health in Sweden between 2000 and 2035 are presented. Scenario projections, where both morbidity and mortality inequalities by educational level are taken into account, are compared with scenarios in which only age and gender are modelled. The projections are made with both constant and decreasing mortality. The calculations show that the expected increases in severe ill-health as a result from the ageing of the population in the period 2000-2035 might, to a large extent, be counteracted by the increase in the educational level of the Swedish population. We recommend therefore that in projections of the prevalence of ill-health, in addition to the ageing of the population, also changes in educational level should be taken into account.

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2009. Vol. 6, no 3, 201-211 p.
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Population ageing, Morbidity, Inequalities, Educational level, Future needs of long-term care
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34483DOI: 10.1007/s10433-009-0120-1ISI: 000269076900005OAI: diva2:284883
Available from: 2010-01-08 Created: 2010-01-08 Last updated: 2010-01-11Bibliographically approved

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