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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2015 Jan-Feb;60(1):168-77. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2014.09.001. Epub 2014 Sep 16.

Trajectory of physical health, cognitive status, and psychological well-being among Chinese elderly.

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1
New York University, Silver School of Social Work, 1 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003, USA. Electronic address: wjh3@nyu.edu.
2
New York University, Silver School of Social Work, 1 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003, USA.

Abstract

This study investigates the trajectory of various dimensions of health status among the Chinese elderly in their late years. We used growth-curve analyses on a subsample (n≈2000) of the elderly from the Chinese Longitudinal Health Longevity Survey (CLHLS) who had longitudinal information from 1998 to 2005. Analyses controlled for a large set of individual and family characteristics. Our findings indicate that elderly who had relatively advantaged childhood socioeconomic status (SES) and who regularly engaged in physical and/or leisure activities had significantly healthier well-being than their respective counterparts on all dimensions considered. In addition, regularly participating in physical and/or leisure activities was associated with slow deterioration of health well-being among the Chinese elderly. The results indicate the potential benefits of engaging in physical and/or leisure activities, and consequently, the importance of implementing programs that promote such activities among elders in China.

KEYWORDS:

Aging; CLHLS; China; Elderly; Growth-curve analysis; Longitudinal study

PMID:
25277446
DOI:
10.1016/j.archger.2014.09.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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