Age-friendliness and life satisfaction of young-old and old-old in Hong Kong

Alma M. L. Au, Stephen C. Y. Chan*, H. M. Yip, Jackie Y. C. Kwok, K. Y. Lai, K. M. Leung, Anita L. F. Lee, Daniel W. L. Lai, Teresa Tsien, Simon M. K. Lai

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Abstract

Age-friendliness, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to enable and support individuals in different aspects of life for fostering life satisfaction and personal well-being as they age. We identified specific aspect(s) of age-friendliness associated with life satisfaction and examined similarities and differences in age-friendliness and life satisfaction in young-old and old-old adults. Six hundred and eighty-two ageing adults were asked to complete a survey questionnaire consisting of the Age-friendly City Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale, and sociodemographic variables. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to examine the effects of various domains of age-friendliness on life satisfaction among the young-old adults (aged 65 to 74, n=351) and the old-old adults (aged 75 to 97, n=331). Common domains associated with life satisfaction in both young-old and old-old groups were transportation and social participation. Community and health services were associated with life satisfaction for the young-old group only. On the other hand, civic participation and employment was significantly associated with the old-old group only. Social participation is important for the young-old and the old-old. Ageing older adults can be a resource to the society. Implications for promoting and implementing age-friendliness were discussed in the context of successful and productive ageing and the need for a more refined taxonomy of social activities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6215917
JournalCurrent Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Volume2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

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