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Type: Journal article
Title: The effects of environmental stressors on the mortality of the oldest old male population in Hong Kong, 1977-2006
Author: Chau, P.
Yen, E.
Morley, J.
Woo, J.
Citation: The Aging Male, 2008; 11(4):179-188
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1368-5538
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Pui Hing Chau, Edwina Yen, John E. Morley and Jean Woo
Abstract: Although age-sex-specific mortality rates were decreasing over the years, such a trend was not observed for the male population aged 85 or above (the oldest old) in Hong Kong. Despite literature suggesting that environmental stressors were associated with higher mortality, the adverse effects of socioeconomic and political events were seldom included. Hence, this study explored the relationship between environmental stressors covering adverse weather conditions as well as key socioeconomic and political events and fluctuations in the oldest old mortality rates in Hong Kong during the period 1977 to 2006. The oldest old mortality rates in Hong Kong were observed to have a likelihood of being associated with these environmental stressors. Furthermore, men appeared to be more susceptible to these risk factors than did women. More care and attention should be given to the oldest old men, in particular, during periods of socioeconomic or political upheavals. A cohort study would be useful to study these stressors in greater detail.
Keywords: Elderly; environment; Hong Kong; mortality; socioeconomic factors; weather
RMID: 0020085643
DOI: 10.1080/13685530802499161
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