Health Impacts on Living Arrangements among the Elderly in Mexico, 2001-2003

Cesar Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Instituto de Geriatria, Mexico
Roberto Ham-Chande, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

Objective: To examine the relationship between health status and living arrangements among older adults in Mexico. Data and Methods: Data from the Mexican Health and Aging Study 2001-2003, a national household survey for 50+ population. Univariate analysis is used to depict socio-demographic and economic characteristics, as well as types and changes in household composition. Logistic regression models and panel data techniques are use to capture health effects on living arrangements. Results: 25% of elderly lives alone or with a partner. Significant differences by sex, age and urban/rural residence prevails. 30% of household members move in or move out. 8.4% of new household members moved in because elderly health. Hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and need help with ADL´s and IADL´s increases probability of changes in living arrangements. Discussion: Household composition is quite dynamic. Health status is a key factor explaining changes. Findings provide insights on how to conduct further and holistic research.

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Presented in Poster Session 7