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On the role of social support on macroeconomic determinants on elderly people health: a hypothesis about a counterexample in Spain
  1. Tarik Benmarhnia1,
  2. Maria Victoria Zunzunegui2
  1. 1DSEST, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  2. 2Département de Médecine Sociale et preventive, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Tarik Benmarhnia, DSEST, Université de Montréal, 2375, chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine, bureau 4095, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3T 1A8; benmarhnia.tarik{at}ouranos.ca

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Rolden et al1 examined the association between macroeconomic cycles and variations in mortality rates of middle-aged and older people. They proposed that reductions in social support during good economic times may play an important role in the counterintuitive relationship between macroeconomic cycles and older adults’ health.

We welcome this research on the health of the elderly population, an age group seldom considered in the literature on the impact of economic crises on population health. Nevertheless, we react to their generalisation that the reduction of social …

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