NorLAG Den norske studien av livsløp, aldring og generasjon

Older people happier in the Nordic countries

Eldre mann og to gutter lager pinnebrød på bål. Tur i fjellet. Foto: colourbox
by thomas

Rates of loneliness and depressive symptoms among older adults is up to three times higher in eastern European countries than in north-western Europe. These problems are particularly prevalent among women in the Eastern countries.

Gender differences are comparably minor in the north-western countries. Cross-country and gendered inequalities in late-life wellbeing are largely explained by differences in health, social factors and socio-economic resources, which in turn may be driven by macro-level socio-economic and welfare conditions.

Generous welfare provision and pension spending may moderate the exposure to, and impact of, some of the determinants of late-life loneliness and depression. Modern welfare states seem able to delay or to give some protection from the risk of poor quality of life in later life.

These findings are publisehed in Population Europe Discussion Paper no. 10. The paper is authored by Thomas Hansen and Britt Slagsvold, both from NOVA/OsloMet.

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