The Impact of Multimorbidity Patterns in Health Changes over Time among Older Europeans. Approaching the Gender Divergences.

Madelin Gomez-Leon , IN3 - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Open University of Catalonia
Celia Fernández-Carro, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

Multimorbidity is associated with higher risk of premature deaths and higher prevalence of function loss, disability and deterioration of general health in old age. We aim at understanding the differential impact of multimorbidity on the deterioration of health in older men and women in Europe, using the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) data. Latent class analysis will be used to construct multimorbidity patterns and logistic regressions will be applied to explore the relationship between multimorbidity and changes in health over time among males and females aged 70 and older. Longitudinal approaches to multimorbidity of older adults and its effects over health status are critical from the practical, clinical and policy point of view, given the implications that the concomitance of chronic conditions have for the wellbeing in very older ages.

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 Presented in Session P2. Poster Session Ageing, Health and Mortality