Journal Article

Multiple Trajectories of Successful Aging of Older and Younger Cohorts

Hui-Chuan Hsu and Bobby L. Jones

in The Gerontologist

Published on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America

Volume 52, issue 6, pages 843-856
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 0016-9013
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1758-5341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/gns005
Multiple Trajectories of Successful Aging of Older and Younger Cohorts

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Purpose:

The purpose of this study was to apply group-based trajectory analysis to identify multiple successful aging trajectories by multiple indicators and to examine the factors related to successful aging among the elderly population in Taiwan.

Design and Methods:

Nation-representative longitudinal data collected from 1993 to 2007 and consisting of 2 cohorts were used, and the trajectories of the following 6 successful aging indicators were analyzed: chronic diseases, physical function difficulties, depressive symptoms, social support, social participation, and economic satisfaction.

Results:

Members of the cohorts fell into 4 groups: successful aging, usual aging (the older cohort)/insecure aging (the younger cohort), health declining, and care demanding. Successful aging trajectories reflected differences in self-rated health and life satisfaction.

Implications:

This study provides empirical findings of the heterogeneity of successful aging trajectories in multidimensional indicators.

Keywords: Group-based trajectories; Cohorts

Journal Article.  7326 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Biological Sciences ; Psychology ; Gerontology and Ageing

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