Active ageing in Australian community-dwelling older adults

Thomason, Hayley, McLaughlin, Deirdre and Pachana, Nancy (2014) Active ageing in Australian community-dwelling older adults. International Journal of Aging and Society, 3 3: 57-69.

Author Thomason, Hayley
McLaughlin, Deirdre
Pachana, Nancy
Title Active ageing in Australian community-dwelling older adults
Journal name International Journal of Aging and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2160-1909
Publication date 2014-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 3
Issue 3
Start page 57
End page 69
Total pages 13
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Language eng
Abstract The World Health Organization Active Ageing Policy Framework outlines a broad range of determinants that are used to inform policy decisions worldwide; however, there is currently no quantitative standard to assess and measure active ageing. The current study aimed to reflect the determinants of active ageing using corresponding variables from two Australian longitudinal studies. Participants were men and women, aged 73-79 years, who completed the Health in Men Study in 2001-2004 and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health in 1999. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses indicated a reconfiguration of active ageing determinants into five factors (physical health, healthcare accessibility, falls, psychosocial, and social environment) that explained 51.84% of total variance. This model provided an acceptable fit to the overall data and was stable across genders. Health and socio-environmental variables play an important role when conceptualizing active ageing in our Australian sample. These findings can be used to guide specific community-based interventions that are tailored according to unique cultural variants.
Keyword Active ageing
Determinants of active ageing
Older adults
World Health Organization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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