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Tide, Trickle, or Flow

  • Mary McEniry
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Abstract

The topic of health determinants for older adults in the developing world, in particular early life determinants, is one of considerable interest and has been recognized as important for public health. The preceding chapters set out with the ambitious task of examining a contrarian and therefore somewhat controversial conjecture regarding the unique cohorts born in the 1930s–1960sthat experienced rapid improvements in life expectancy primarily because of public health interventions including medical technology but mostly in the context of stagnant economic conditions. This occurred primarily in low- and middle-income countries. If exposure to poor nutrition and infectious diseases is an important predictor of health at older ages, these unique cohorts may be more susceptible to disease as they age. Of particular interest are those born in the tip of the iceberg countries in the late 1920s through the early 1940s who have already reached the age of at least 60 years. They now live in the areas of the world which are projected to be part of the rising tide of older adults with chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes which, in some instances, may originate in early life. These cohorts may shed light on the merit of the conjecture and what lies ahead.

Keywords

Early Life Adult Mortality Poor Nutrition Adult Health Medical Innovation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary McEniry
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  1. 1.Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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