Successful aging and social activity in older Japanese adults

Yoshiyuki Ohno, Rie Aoki, Akiko Tamakoshi, Takashi Kawamura, Kenji Wakai, Shuji Hashimoto, Norito Kawakami, Masaki Nagai

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Abstract

To explore successful aging and high social activity in old age, data from a self-administered survey of 5,239 participants aged 65 years or more were analyzed. The questionnaire inquired about physical conditions and lifestyles of Japanese seniors during middle age and their present social activities in 4 regions of Japan in 1993. The authors first defined social activities and then developed a social-activity measure. Next, they examined the association between present social activity and physical conditions and lifestyles during middle age. Data analysis revealed that the most socially active seniors rated themselves as healthy and physically active during middle age. Socially active seniors differed from less active seniors: They had participated in more hobbies during middle age, had higher levels of education, and had had a more varied diet between the ages of 30 and 50. The data suggest that maintaining general health habits and lifestyles from middle age on is important for successful aging and high social activity in old age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-139
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Ohno, Y., Aoki, R., Tamakoshi, A., Kawamura, T., Wakai, K., Hashimoto, S., Kawakami, N., & Nagai, M. (2000). Successful aging and social activity in older Japanese adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 8(2), 129-139. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.8.2.129