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

Wen-Jui Han, Tazuko Shibusawa

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)168-177
    Number of pages10
    JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
    Volume60
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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    Keywords

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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Aging
    • Gerontology
    • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Trajectory of physical health, cognitive status, and psychological well-being among Chinese elderly. / Han, Wen-Jui; Shibusawa, Tazuko.

    In: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol. 60, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 168-177.

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