It is reasonable to address health with reference to socio-economic status because healthcare is a generally expensive privilege. Those in a higher socio-economic bracket are often able to care for themselves with a more comprehensive healthcare plan, including preventative practices throughout a lifetime. [Socio Economic Status] positively affects health, and health positively affects [Socio-Economic Status.] As women age toward elderly, they are more likely to contract serious health problems; how they deal with their personal health into old age is relative to how economically sound their finances are and how they think about healthcare. This study is limited to women in North America, specifically Canada. Women in this environment have access to modern healthcare facilities, may utilize different forms of medicine and live with an assumed high level of sanitary conditions.
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[...] This is an even more specific group to delineate in a country such as Canada where ‘basic services' are covered and healthcare is provided to all, while the quality does vary. Wealth, therefore, is less important to healthcare where government care subsidies basic care. Still, however, with these controls, there is a degree of variation between social, economic groups. Nutrition, a proven health factor, is often worse and less diversified in women of a lower socio-economic status, which can have a great effect on their health in later years. [...]
[...] A valuable subsequent study would take a deeper look at the specific diet and exercise regimens of the selected age, sociological and economic groups. While, on average, women of a higher economic bracket were more likely to engage in physical activity, consistently throughout their lifetime, this was a byproduct finding of this research, it was not investigated as a component of health. Socio- economic status is an important tool to judge women's aging patterns and healthcare. Page of Works Cited Buckley, Neil, J. [...]
[...] It should be noted however, that while this study will focus on women, the findings of past research indicate that statistics and results presented for women are largely similar for men of the same age group and economic stature. The question posed by this research is, are women over fifty in poor health because their economic backgrounds do not permit them to care for their health accurately? Conversely, the question posed also asks if one's socio economic is status low because she has had to care for poor health throughout her life? [...]
[...] Those with lower economic flexibility often have a lower level of education, which often leads to less knowledge about health, nutrition, healthcare and personal care. For women with a higher socio-economic status, personal relationships and human interaction has a positive impact on their health status; this is not true for women in low socio-economic groups. The contact does not have to be limited to friends of the same gender; it can include romantic relationships or male-female friendships. Familial relationships were listed as the most important. [...]
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