Recent Trends of Older Adult Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Analysis of the Modal Age at Death From an Indirect Estimation-Based Model

Soumaila Ouedraogo , Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)

This study aims to highlight the trends of recent older adult mortality in sub-Saharan Africa looking at the patterns of modal age at death which is a more specific indicator related to longevity of older adults. Using surveys and censuses age specific tabulated data gather by the United Nations Population Division, the analysis will cover twenty-two countries with at least two national representative cross-sectional data sources over the period of 1959 to 2012. Specifically, two main research questions underlies this paper. The first is to know the ages at which older adult deaths are concentrated in sub-Saharan African countries. The second question seeks to know whether sub-Saharan African countries behave differently in terms of mortality at older ages.

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 Presented in Session 6. Health & Mortality & Aging