Daily activities more problematic for older women than men

10 January 2022

Women are more likely than men to struggle with regular daily tasks and mobility activities as they age, according to an analysis in The Lancet Health Longevity.

The global study looked at four large longitudinal studies covering 27,000 men and 34,000 women aged 50 to 100.

The study concluded that socioeconomic factors largely explain sex differences in daily task limitations but not mobility.

Lead author Mikaela Bloomberg said of the results: ‘This is an important observation because mobility limitations can precede other more severe limitations and targeting these gaps at middle age could be one way to reduce sex differences in limitations at older ages.’

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