As supported by the literature on the life course epidemiology, the health status the seniors results of the lifelong exposure to health risk factors. Therefore, the health differentials across groups in the elderly population need to be analysed in the light of possibly differentiated work- and family- trajectories. While such trajectories are still so “gendered” in our countries, this life-course approach appears particularly appropriate for understanding the so-called men-women morbidity-survival paradox: women live longer than men do, but their additional years of life are mostly lived in poor health. We conduct various research exploring the extent to which careers and family patterns contribute to gender differentials in healthy ageing.
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