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Social Conditions of Health and Longevity

The Working Group organizes a workshop on The Social Conditions of Health and Longevity. Date: 2 – 5 September 2004, at Hotel Prostor, Mount Vitosha, near Sofia, Bulgaria. The Registration fee will be € 100,– including accommodation, full board and transportation to and from Sofia.

Past research has shown a consistent relation between mortality and standard of living, between countries, within countries, over time, etc. However, there are other issues that need to be added, which are of no less importantance, such as: living arrangements, social inequality, social support, life satisfaction, sense of coherence, access to care etc. These are all issues which have been addressed but are they put rarely all together and there seems to be very little conceptualisation of the total picture: what are the requirements of the human organism if it is to stay well and survive, and in particular, what are its needs beyond an adequate diet and a sanitary environment? How do these needs vary with age and sex? Men, for instance, appear to be healthier, yet die younger than women, and they may be more sensitive than women to social conditions. Are there other groupings which show similar paradoxes? And how do these differences vary under different social conditions. What, for instance, is happening in those rare cases where mortality and morbidity do not decline as living standards rise? Is this a measurement problem, or are there really counter-tendencies at work?

It is anticipated that there will be about 20 participants in the workshop, giving each participant an hour to present his/her work and have it discussed by the whole group. Researchers interested in presenting their work at the workshop are invited to contact the Working Group chair person Jon Anson at (fax: +972 8 647 29 33) with an abstract or preliminary suggestion.

Yonathan (Jon) Anson, Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 84105 Be’er Sheva, Israel. Phone: +972 8 647 93 14, fax: +972 8 647 29 33.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 to Saturday, September 4, 2004
Working Group: 
Health, Morbidity and Mortality
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