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Do older women have it worse?

In the past 30 years, the number of hip fractures in women aged 50 and above has risen by five times, compared to just 1.5 times in men of the same group. Women are also more prone to osteoarthritis.
In the past 30 years, the number of hip fractures in women aged 50 and above has risen by five times, compared to just 1.5 times in men of the same group. Women are also more prone to osteoarthritis.PHOTO: ST FILE

Seventy-four-year-old Madam Lim Ah Soo is typical of Singaporean women her age.

She has outlived her husband - in her case, by more than 20 years - and does not have much work experience. She has spent a large part of her life caring for her family.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 22, 2018, with the headline 'Do older women have it worse?'. Print Edition | Subscribe