Impact of morbidity and life events on successful aging

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The purpose of this study was to examine the risks of the incidence of chronic conditions and life events on successful aging. Longitudinal data from a 10-year follow-up health survey were used. Successful aging indicators included basic and advanced physical function, depressive symptoms, cognitive function, emotional support, participation in productive activities, and life satisfaction. The stressors included life events and morbidity years of 10 chronic conditions. Loss of offspring increased the risk to physical health, psychological health, and life satisfaction. Being newly widowed was related to depressive symptoms, whereas being newly divorced increased the risk of poor social support. Morbidity years increased the risk of failure in successful aging, especially for stroke, respiratory system disease, diabetes, and cancer. Emotional health of the elderly should be carefully monitored after onset of life events and incidences of chronic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-469
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • chronic conditions
  • elderly health
  • life events
  • successful aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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