TABLE 4-3Distribution of Population by Self-Assessed Health Status

MenWomen
Self-Assessed Health StatusWhite (%)Black (%)White (%)Black (%)
HRS (Ages 51-61)
Excellent23.313.525.19.8
Very good27.920.829.522.4
Good28.830.625.833.1
Fair12.322.514.322.7
Poor7.712.66.712.0
AHEAD (Ages 70 and Over)
Excellent11.77.611.54.8
Very good22.914.024.418.1
Good32.028.030.127.6
Fair21.030.022.529.7
Poor12.520.411.519.7

SOURCE: Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) data for 1993 and data from Assets and Health Dynamics of the Oldest Old (AHEAD) for 1994.

From: 4, Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Health in Late Life

Cover of Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Health of Older Americans
Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Health of Older Americans.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Population; Martin LG, Soldo BJ, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1997.
Copyright © 1997, National Academy of Sciences.

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