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Women face a higher risk of care home admission due to their partner’s age

18 April 2012

New research published today in the journal Age and Ageing has investigated why women are 40% more likely to be admitted in to a care home than men. The study found that women were often married to older partners who cannot provide care for them due to their age-related frailty. The study, entitled ‘Gender differences in care home admission risk: Partner’s age explains the higher risk for women’, used data from the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) derived from the Northern Ireland Health Card registration system, to which the 2001 Census return is linked. The research focused on NILS members aged 65 or over at the time, and living in a household with two people as a couple

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