Felt Age, Desired, and Expected Lifetime in the Context of Health, Well-Being, and Successful Aging

Felt Age, Desired, and Expected Lifetime in the Context of Health, Well-Being, and Successful Aging This study examines the interrelations of three different aspects of the subjective age: felt, desired and expected, as well as their relations with the chronological age (CA), health, and psychological well-being variables. Four hundred and twenty-three community-dwelling Croatian adults, aged 60–95 years, participated in the study. All three subjective age measures significantly correlated with the CA. Self-rated health were better predictors of the subjective age compared to the psychological variables. Among psychological variables, successful aging was the only significant predictor of the felt and expected age, while optimism showed to be the only significant predictor of the desired age. Results indicate the importance of some sociodemographic, psychological, and health variables for understanding older persons' subjective age identity and their desires and expectations regarding length of life. Besides the CA, it is very useful to include subjective age measures in research with elderly people. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Aging and Human Development SAGE

Felt Age, Desired, and Expected Lifetime in the Context of Health, Well-Being, and Successful Aging

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SAGE Publications
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2017
ISSN
0091-4150
eISSN
1541-3535
D.O.I.
10.1177/0091415017720888
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Abstract

This study examines the interrelations of three different aspects of the subjective age: felt, desired and expected, as well as their relations with the chronological age (CA), health, and psychological well-being variables. Four hundred and twenty-three community-dwelling Croatian adults, aged 60–95 years, participated in the study. All three subjective age measures significantly correlated with the CA. Self-rated health were better predictors of the subjective age compared to the psychological variables. Among psychological variables, successful aging was the only significant predictor of the felt and expected age, while optimism showed to be the only significant predictor of the desired age. Results indicate the importance of some sociodemographic, psychological, and health variables for understanding older persons' subjective age identity and their desires and expectations regarding length of life. Besides the CA, it is very useful to include subjective age measures in research with elderly people.

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The International Journal of Aging and Human DevelopmentSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 2018

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