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Aspirations for older age in the 21st century: What is successful aging?

Aspirations for older age in the 21st century: What is successful aging?
Aspirations for older age in the 21st century: What is successful aging?
The literature on successful aging reveals a wide range of definitions, generally reflecting the academic discipline of the investigator. Biomedical models primarily emphasise physical and mental functioning as successful aging; socio-psychological models emphasise social functioning, life satisfaction and psychological resources as successful aging. Several studies also identify these factors as the precursors of successful aging. Moreover, research shows that older people consider themselves to have aged successfully, but classifications based on traditional medical models do not. Fewer studies have explored,lay views, and most of these have been exploratory or restricted to specific groups of areas. A model of successful aging needs to be multi-dimensional, incorporate a lay perspective for social significance, use a continuum rather than dichotomous cut-offs for "success" and lack of, and distinguish clearly between predictor and constituent variables.
QUALITY-OF-LIFE, PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE, SOCIAL SUPPORT, SELF-EFFICACY, YOUNG-OLD, MACARTHUR, HEALTH, ADULTS, SATISFACTION, PREDICTORS
0091-4150
263 - 297
Bowling, A.
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Bowling, A.
796ca209-687f-4079-8a40-572076251936

Bowling, A. (2007) Aspirations for older age in the 21st century: What is successful aging? The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 64 (3), 263 - 297. (PMID:17503689)

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The literature on successful aging reveals a wide range of definitions, generally reflecting the academic discipline of the investigator. Biomedical models primarily emphasise physical and mental functioning as successful aging; socio-psychological models emphasise social functioning, life satisfaction and psychological resources as successful aging. Several studies also identify these factors as the precursors of successful aging. Moreover, research shows that older people consider themselves to have aged successfully, but classifications based on traditional medical models do not. Fewer studies have explored,lay views, and most of these have been exploratory or restricted to specific groups of areas. A model of successful aging needs to be multi-dimensional, incorporate a lay perspective for social significance, use a continuum rather than dichotomous cut-offs for "success" and lack of, and distinguish clearly between predictor and constituent variables.

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Published date: 2007
Keywords: QUALITY-OF-LIFE, PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE, SOCIAL SUPPORT, SELF-EFFICACY, YOUNG-OLD, MACARTHUR, HEALTH, ADULTS, SATISFACTION, PREDICTORS
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 334576
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/334576
ISSN: 0091-4150
PURE UUID: 2a91c2df-5e25-48c8-b0f8-81d1a20c028c

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Date deposited: 29 Mar 2012 09:28
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 22:09

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