Time-to-death patterns in markers of age and dependency

TitleTime-to-death patterns in markers of age and dependency
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRiffe, T, Chung, PH, Spijker, J, MacInnes, J
Secondary AuthorsLutz, W
JournalVienna Yearbook of Population Research
ISSN Number1728-4414
KeywordsDisabilities, Gender Differences, Mortality

We aim to determine the extent to which variables commonly used to describe health, well-being, and disability in old age vary primarily as a function of years lived (chronological age), years left (thanatological age), or as a function of both. We analyze data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study to estimate chronological age and time-to-death patterns in 78 such variables.We describe results for the birth cohort 1915-1919 in the final 12 years of life. Our results show that most of the markers used to study well-being in old age vary along both the age and the timeto- death dimensions, but that some markers are exclusively a function of either time to death or chronological age, while other markers display different patterns in men and women.

Short TitlePopulationyearbook
Citation Key9411