Role of psychosocial factors in starting and leaving public assistance programs by older Japanese population: Longitudinal Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study

Public assistance programs guarantee a minimum living standard, promoting independence for impoverished citizens. Although public assistance eligibility is mainly based on economic factors like poverty, psychosocial factors may be important in initiating and terminating participation. We explored factors governing commencement and termination of public assistance by the older Japanese population between 2013 and 2016.