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Table 1 Baseline characteristics, Australian population aged 65 years and over who were not already in income poverty in 2009

From: Psychological distress increases the risk of falling into poverty amongst older Australians: the overlooked costs-of-illness

Characteristic Low psychological distress High psychological distress
n N (%) n N (%)
Age – mean (SD) 72.5 (6.3) 73.0 (6.2)
Female sex – no (%) 412 568,100 (51%) 42 67,400 (58%)
Male sex – no (%) 27 543,400 (49%) 394 35,000 (42%)
Area
 Major City 479 692,800 (62%) 41 59,100 (58%)
 Inner Regional Australia 224 294,700 (27%) 16 20,700 (20%)
 Outer Regional Australia 87 107,400 (10%) 11 19,700 (19%)
 Remote Australia 16 16,500 (1%) 1 2800 (3%)
Labour force status
 Employed 170 222,200 (20%) 6 9500 (9%)
 Unemployed 3 11,100 (1%) 0 0
 Not in the labour force (retired) 633 878,100 (79%) 63 93,000 (91%)
TOTAL 801 1,111,500 69 102,400