Friday, May 18, 2012

[EQ] Shades of Gray: A Cross-Country Study of Health and Well-Being of the Older Populations in SAGE Countries

Shades of Gray:
A Cross-Country Study of Health and Well-Being of the Older Populations in SAGE Countries

Wan He and Mark N. Muenchrath of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Paul Kowal of the World Health Organization (WHO). General direction was provided by Peter O. Way, former Assistant Division Chief, International Programs Center for Demographic and Economic Studies, Population Division. Enrique J. Lamas, Chief, Population Division, provided overall direction. Additional direction was provided by Loraine A. West, Acting Chief, Aging Studies Branch, Population Division, Census Bureau, and Somnath Chatterji, Chief, Multi-Country Studies Unit, Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems, WHO

International Population Reports
Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)
Issued May 2012 -P95/12- SAGE Countries—China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa

Available online PDF [76p.] at:


“……The report starts with Aging in SAGE Countries, which offers an overview of the aging process in these six countries, using the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Data Base (IDB), population pro­jections data from the United Nations, and health data from the WHO.

The report then presents findings from the SAGE data in the following sections: Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics, Health State and Chronic Conditions, Risk Factors and Preventive Health Behaviors, Disability, Life Satisfaction and Quality of Life, Depression, and Health Care Utilization. The health variables are cross-examined by age (50–69, 70 and older), sex, and urban/rural residence.

The Summary and Discussion section provides conclu­sions from the SAGE data and also raises questions for future research. SAGE survey related information is included in the final section Sources of the Data and Accuracy of the Estimates.

The analysis in this report is based on self-reported responses. Estimates provided in this report are weighted. All comparative statements in the text have undergone statistical testing and are significant at the 90 percent confidence level unless noted otherwise. Note that not all comparisons shown in the figures and tables have undergone statistical testing and the differences between these estimates may not be statistically significant. Caution is needed when comparing data presented in the figures, text tables, and appendix tables….”





Aging in SAGE Countries

Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics

Health State and Chronic Conditions

Risk Factors and Preventive Health Behaviors .

Disability .

Life Satisfaction and Quality of Life

Depression .

Health Care Utilization
Summary and Discussion

Sources of the Data and Accuracy of the Estimates .




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