Elderly Chinese Women Fare Worse than Men in China – IEMS’ Albert Park Describes his Massive Survey to Asian Scientist News


Asian Scientist News featured the first major report from a massive survey of Chinese adults over the age of 45, which revealed that older women were much more likely to be in poor health than were men. The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) is a biennial survey in China that aims to be representative of the residents of China age 45 and older, with no upper age limit. (Learn more about CHALRS on its official web site.)

IEMS’ Albert Park, a principal investigator of the study, told Asian Scientist that:

“The fact that women are consistently worse off than men across multiple dimensions of well-being is a striking finding of the CHARLS survey that definitely merits further investigation. While it is true that elderly women in many countries are in poorer health than men, some of the gender gaps we find in China are quite large, such as those for depressive symptoms and cognitive function,” said Albert Park of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a principal author of the report.”

Read the full article here: Elderly Chinese Women Fare Worse Than Men In China, Study

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