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Mental and physical health trajectories among women in midlife.


Australia’s population is ageing and women over 50 will soon be the largest demographic group. Maintaining and promoting the health of women as they age is vital to the Australian economy and for the maintenance of family and community structures. To inform health policy and health promotion strategies, the aim is to describe the social, situational, financial, physical, and psychological factors that predict physical and mental health and wellbeing in women over age 50 using ALSWH data collected over 20 years from women born between 1946 and 1951 who were aged between 45 and 50 years when they completed the first survey.