[Health status and care giving needs in the elderly: gender related differences]

Rev Med Suisse. 2010 Jul 28;6(257):1458-60.
[Article in French]


The health status and need for care differ depending on the gender. The most notable differences are life expectancy, life expectancy in good health and the prevalence of geriatric syndromes or chronic illnesses. Some social health determinants (social isolation or financial precariousness) seem to act as risk factors for vulnerability, mostly amongst old or very old women. Through some examples of differences between men and women in terms of health and caregiving needs, this article tries to heighten the awareness of health professionals to a gender based approach of the elderly patient in order to promote the best possible equity in healthcare.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy
  • Male
  • Men's Health*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Women's Health*