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Importance of functional capacity for life-satisfaction in late life: Findings in a population-based sample aged 80 and older

Conference paper
Authors Anne Ingeborg Berg
Linda Hassing
G.E. McClearn
Boo Johansson
Published in Presented at 17th Nordic Congress in Gerontology (Stockholm, Sweden)
Publication year 2004
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Subject categories Social Sciences


Aging is accompanied with numerous biological and social changes that may compromise life-satisfaction. Aim: To examine the relative impact on life-satisfaction from functional limitations within the context of social, cognitive, and health related factors in the oldest-old. Methods and Material: Scales and questions regarding life-satisfaction (LSI-Z-index), functional capacity (instrumental and personal ADL), depression (CES-D), cognitive function (MMSE), social support, and economy was administered in a sample of 504 participants, aged 80–98 years; (M=83 years, 68 % women). Results: Regression analysis indicated that functional capacity is associated with life-satisfaction but other variables such as subjective health, social support, and economy were equally important. Discussion: The results correspond with previous studies and emphasize the need to analyze the relationship between functional limitations and disability within a broader context of social, emotional, and cognitive variables

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