Older women living alone in the UK: Does their health and wellbeing differ from those who cohabit?

Forward, Cat, Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1817-3730 and Fox, Pauline ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0046-4940 (2021) Older women living alone in the UK: Does their health and wellbeing differ from those who cohabit? Journal of Population Ageing. ISSN 1874-7884

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Abstract

With an increased prevalence of people living alone in later life, understanding the health and wellbeing of older women living alone in the UK is an important area of research. Little is known about health and wellbeing in this population and whether they differ from those who cohabit. This paper fills this research gap. Analysis was undertaken of Wave 8 of the Understanding Society Household Panel Survey, including variables such as internet use and volunteering. Differences were found between those who live alone and cohabit. Volunteering was a predictor of better health outcomes for those who lived alone but not for those who cohabit, despite similar rates of volunteering. Internet use predicted some better health outcome for those who cohabit but poorer for those who live alone. This suggests lifestyle factors vary in how they affect the health and wellbeing of older women, depending on cohabitation status.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Population Ageing. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12062-021-09344-4
Uncontrolled Keywords: Older women; lone dwelling; living alone; cross-sectional; volunteering; internet use.
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health
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Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 09:21
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 10:07
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8126

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