What is it about?

Material living standards in our retirement years are shaped by experiences across early, mid and later life, and may be influenced to different degrees by social policies regarding employment, health care, housing and retirement income. This paper examines dominant profiles of material living standards with age among a sample of New Zealand adults aged 55-76 and explores differences in demographic profiles and health outcomes associated with these groups.

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Why is it important?

As average life expectancies increase and populations age, many countries discuss criteria for pension eligibility and supports for older adults to remain in employment for longer. An understanding of the diversity of experiences of material wealth in later life, factors that shape these experiences across the life course, and associated health related abilities, are important considerations for social policy.

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This page is a summary of: Trajectories of material living standards, physical health and mental health under a universal pension, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, January 2020, BMJ,
DOI: 10.1136/jech-2019-213199.
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