Factors associated with self-rated health for non-institutionalized aged persons

Yosikazu Nakamura, Isamu Kaneko, Yuko Kawamura, Tatsuro Sakano, Katsuo Naito, Kazuo Maeda, Mutsuo Kurobe, Shigeru Hirata, Toshiki Yazaki, Yasuaki Goto, Shuji Hashimoto

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OBJECTIVE: To determine factors affecting self-rated health among the non-institutionalized elderly in Japan. METHODS: In 20 municipalities in Japan, 6,094 persons aged 65 years and older who were not institutionalized were selected at random. A questionnaire survey was conducted from September through November 2000. The distribution of self-rated health was rated in terms of dependent variables, with odds ratios and their 95% confidence intervals calculated using unconditional logistic models. RESULTS: Of the study population, 5,565 persons (91.8%) responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 64.4% answered that they were healthy, while 28.8% were not. The necessity for periodical visit to hospitals and clinics, and lowering of the activity of daily living greatly lowered self-rated health. Compared with those who were 85 years of age or older, a high health status was observed among those aged between 75 and 84 years, but not those aged 65 to 74 years. Those who tried to have exercise periodically, who had a vice-leadership role in a group, who joined social activities, who lived what they considered a worthwhile life, and who had positive positive activities in daily life, had high levels of self-rated health. Joining social activities for passive reasons elevated the health as well as joining for active reasons such as "because it is fun." CONCLUSION: Even if the reason is passive, joining social activities may elevate the self-rated health levels of elderly people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-416
Number of pages8
Journal[Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health
Volume49
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2002
Externally publishedYes

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Health
Health Status
Japan
Activities of Daily Living
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Exercise
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Nakamura, Yosikazu ; Kaneko, Isamu ; Kawamura, Yuko ; Sakano, Tatsuro ; Naito, Katsuo ; Maeda, Kazuo ; Kurobe, Mutsuo ; Hirata, Shigeru ; Yazaki, Toshiki ; Goto, Yasuaki ; Hashimoto, Shuji. / Factors associated with self-rated health for non-institutionalized aged persons. In: [Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health. 2002 ; Vol. 49, No. 5. pp. 409-416.
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Nakamura, Y, Kaneko, I, Kawamura, Y, Sakano, T, Naito, K, Maeda, K, Kurobe, M, Hirata, S, Yazaki, T, Goto, Y & Hashimoto, S 2002, 'Factors associated with self-rated health for non-institutionalized aged persons', [Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 409-416.

Factors associated with self-rated health for non-institutionalized aged persons. / Nakamura, Yosikazu; Kaneko, Isamu; Kawamura, Yuko; Sakano, Tatsuro; Naito, Katsuo; Maeda, Kazuo; Kurobe, Mutsuo; Hirata, Shigeru; Yazaki, Toshiki; Goto, Yasuaki; Hashimoto, Shuji.

In: [Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health, Vol. 49, No. 5, 01.01.2002, p. 409-416.

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Nakamura Y, Kaneko I, Kawamura Y, Sakano T, Naito K, Maeda K et al. Factors associated with self-rated health for non-institutionalized aged persons. [Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health. 2002 Jan 1;49(5):409-416.