Health actions and social class among older Australians Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper aims to identify aspects of social class that are related to health actions important for older Australians. Data are from the 1994 Health Status of Older People Project baseline survey of 1,000 participants aged 65 and over in Melbourne. Analyses employed logistic regression controlling for age and gender. Physical activity was related to both former occupation and current income; social activity to former occupation; and not smoking to home ownership. Health promotion strategies require a better understanding of the ways in which aspects of social class affect the life course experiences of different birth cohorts. Promotion of physical and social activity in old age needs to take account of the continuing influence of advantages associated with social class.

publication date

  • December 1998