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Successful ageing : perceptions of adults aged between 70 and 101 years

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Therese Knight, L Ricciardelli
In this research, content analysis was employed to investigate older adults' perceptions of successful aging and the relationship of these perceptions to definitions given in the literature to date. Participants were 18 males and 42 females between the ages of 70 and 101 years. Analyses revealed older adults mentioned only 1 or 2 criteria of successful aging if asked for a definition; however, when prompted, they rated almost all the criteria emerging from the literature as highly important. Participants reported adjusting to the situations they were in by compensating for losses that occurred and selecting activities that best suited their capabilities. Overall, older adults' perceptions of successful aging were similar to aspects identified in the literature. Not all aspects, however, were seen as important by all participants, and only low to moderate correlations were found between some aspects of successful aging. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.)

History

Journal

International journal of aging and human development

Volume

56

Pagination

223 - 245

Location

Farmingdale, N.Y.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0091-4150

eISSN

1541-3535

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.