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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Successful Aging Definition In A Sample Of Older Adults [definição De Envelhecimnento Saudável Na Perspectiva De Indivíduos Idosos]
Author: Cupertino A.P.F.B.
Rosa F.H.M.
Ribeiro P.C.C.
Abstract: The process of aging is defined as a multidimensional process (Baltes e Baltes, 1990). Rowe and Kahn (1998) present three indicators of successful aging: low risk of disease and disease-related disabilities; high level of mental and physical functions and an active life style. Based on these presumptions, this article presents a research that examined the definition of successful aging from a sample of older adults, seeking to identify the multiple dimensions perceived by them. The sample consisted of 501 older adults between 60 to 93 years old (M=72,65; SD= 8,08). Content analysis of their answers to what successful aging means identified 29 possible categories. The most cited definitions for successful aging were: physical health, social health and emotional health. On the other hand, the least cited answers were: a life of work; aging as a pathological process and specific activities for older adults. In conclusion, this study confirmed the presumptions of heterogeneity and multidimensionality of aging, by observing the various definitions from older adults.
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Date Issue: 2007
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