Physical Performance and Socioeconomic Status among Older Chinese: A Multilevel Analysis
1080 South University
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1106
This presentation focuses on physical performance (i.e., grip strength, normal walking speed, and rapid walk speed) as a function of socioeconomic status (SES) at the individual, household, and community levels among older Chinese. China has experienced rapid population aging during the last two decades. In 2006, the proportion of Chinese aged 60 and over had reached 10 percent, which is projected to reach 30 percent in 2030. Although China’s economy has grown approximately 9 percent annually since 1978, there is a marked increase in income disparity, with urban incomes more than three times of those in rural areas. The health consequences of the substantial income disparities among older Chinese have not been adequately studied.
Jersey Liang is Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health and Research Professor at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. His research has centered on comparative studies of aging and health across U.S., Japan, China, and Taiwan. Currently, he is exploring how psychosocial factors in conjunction with biomarkers affect health outcomes at the individual and community levels and how these processes vary across cultures.