Health status and socioeconomic status (SES) over a lifespan shape older adults' functional health. The current study investigated the impact of health and SES during childhood and adulthood on older adults' functional health status. An exploration of this relationship yielded results indicating that health in childhood and adulthood, as well as higher SES, was associated with better functional health for older adults.
Data was collected from the Health and Retirement Study over multiple years of observation for 10,961 participants. Estimates from latent growth curve models were used to examine the relationship between childhood and adult health and SES on functional health.
Childhood health and SES continue to impact adult functional health, attesting to the import of conducting more research on various aspects of childhood in order to promote future well-being.