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Measuring active ageing among older adults in Singapore

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posted on 2022-04-26, 23:20 authored by Emily ZK Lim, Claire ThompsonClaire Thompson
Active Ageing is conceptualised to measure the extent to which older people remain actively engaged with life. However, there is no evidence that the concept of Active Ageing is actually associated with the activity levels of older persons. Influences of age, ethnicity and spirituality on Active Ageing are also unexplored. Using the Active Ageing Index (AAI), this study examines whether the level of Active Ageing predicted the actual activity level of 120 Singaporeans of Chinese, Malay and Indians ethnicities, aged 55-64 years old or 65 years and above. Spirituality, measured by the Spirituality Index of Well-Being, was added to the AAI, to see if the predictive power of AAI improved. Hierarchical multiple regression showed that the AAI alone (controlling for age) did not significantly predict the activity level of older persons. The predictive power of the AAI improved significantly with spirituality included. Two-way between-groups Analysis of Variance revealed main effects of age and ethnicity, with higher AAI in those aged 55-64 and in Indian-Singaporeans. These findings suggest that the theoretical construct of Active Ageing needs further examination to identify the domains that distinguish it from chronological age, and support broadening the construct by including spirituality in Active Ageing.

History

Volume

36

Issue

9

Start Page

1853

End Page

1869

Number of Pages

17

eISSN

1469-1779

ISSN

0144-686X

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Acceptance Date

2015-10-16

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Ageing and Society

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