Women Experience More Disability than Men

2016-0321 Newsletter Elderly Disabled Woman

According to an article by Lisa Rapaport for Reuters Health, “after age 65, women consistently spent an estimated 30 percent of their remaining years with a disability. Men, on the other hand, started out spending 22 percent of their remaining years after 65 disabled and saw that decrease to 19 percent by the end of the study.”

My Opinion

Although some people have difficulty understanding why this may be the case, I would like to mention a few possible reasons.

  1. Women typically have more stressful lives than men. Stress increases the risk of disability.
  2. Women typically live longer than men. Older people tend to experience more disability than younger people.
  3. Since men typically require medical support before their spouses, women who have outlived their partners have fewer financial resources to postpone or prevent their disability.


Thanks to Lisa Rapaport for writing the article that sparked my imagination; Reuters Health for publishing the article; Google for helping me find the article; the researchers and analysts who identified the findings; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture and text in this post.

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