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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 …