Economic Resources and Health: A Bi-Directional Cycle for Resilience in Old Age

Rebeca Wong, Deborah S. DeGraff, Karina Orozco-Rocha

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Objectives: The paper offers an expanded framework for conducting empirical research on resilient aging. Methods: We review the conceptual frameworks for resilient aging and incorporate the role of economic factors as resources that contribute to resilience, in addition to social and psychological factors emphasized in the existing literature. Moreover, the idea of reinforcing cycles of resilience is incorporated in the framework. Existing empirical evidence that supports the conceptual arguments is presented. Results: Examples from Mexico and other low-middle-income countries are included, as well as from high-income countries. Data requirements for applying the conceptual framework in empirical analysis and the state of data availability are examined. We illustrate the measures that are available for this purpose using the Mexican Health and Aging Study. Discussion: We discuss and conclude that the state of the field is rich in data to conduct empirical work on resilience in old age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)767-780
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of aging and health
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • MHAS
  • Mexico
  • economic resources
  • resilience
  • resilient aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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