Katsunori Kondo ed., Health Inequalities in Japan: An Empirical Study of Older People
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The life expectancy of the Japanese is among the highest in the world, and their preventive system to avoid nursing care is attracting international attention. Based on a large sample of senior citizens, this quantitative study examines the ways in which preventive care is exercised in such areas as depression, oral health, insomnia, social isolation and poor diet. The authors focus on the degree to which social inequalities and disparities are distributed among the elderly and argue that a socio-epidemiological approach that emphasizes psycho-sociological variables deserves special attention. This ground-breaking study analyzes the social determinants of health and goes far beyond the normal purview of individual-focused health care to consider the long-term effects of education and investment in social capital for the health of older people.

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