publication . Article . Other literature type . 2011

Variation in cognitive functioning as a refined approach to comparing aging across countries

Skirbekk V.; Loichinger E.; Weber D.;
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  • Published: 19 Dec 2011 Journal: PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (issn: 0027-8424, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: NATL ACAD SCIENCES
  • Country: Austria
Abstract
Comparing the burden of aging across countries hinges on the availability of valid and comparable indicators. The Old Age Dependency Ratio allows only a limited assessment of the challenges of aging, because it does not include information on any individual characteristics except age itself. Existing alternative indicators based on health or economic activity suffer from measurement and comparability problems. We propose an indicator based on age variation in cognitive functioning. We use newly released data from standardized tests of seniors' cognitive abilities for countries from different world regions. In the wake of long-term advances in countries’ industri...
Subjects
free text keywords: Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary, Effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance, Cognitive skill, Dependency ratio, Gerontology, Disease, Psychology, Comparability, Cohort, Cognition, Standardized test, business.industry, business
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NIH| DEVELOPING AN ISRAELI VERSION OF THE HRS/SHARE PROJECT
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  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 1R21AG025169-01
  • Funding stream: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
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NIH| FINANCIAL STATUS--RETIREMENT SAVING PROGRAMS
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  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 2P01AG005842-04
  • Funding stream: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
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NIH| RAND CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF AGING
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  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 5P30AG012815-10
  • Funding stream: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
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NIH| HEALTH AND ECONOMIC STATUS IN OLDER POPULATIONS
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  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 5P01AG008291-19
  • Funding stream: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
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NIH| Health and Retirement Study Yrs 23-28
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  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 3U01AG009740-24S2
  • Funding stream: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
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