Active Ageing in Australian Community-dwelling Older Adults

By Hayley Thomason, Deirdre McLaughlin and Nancy Pachana.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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The World Health Organization Active Ageing Policy Framework outlines a broad range of determinants that are used to inform policy decisions worldwide; however, there is currently no quantitative standard to assess and measure active ageing. The current study aimed to reflect the determinants of active ageing using corresponding variables from two Australian longitudinal studies. Participants were men and women, aged 73-79 years, who completed the Health in Men Study in 2001-2004 and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health in 1999. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses indicated a reconfiguration of active ageing determinants into five factors (physical health, healthcare accessibility, falls, psychosocial, and social environment) that explained 51.84% of total variance. This model provided an acceptable fit to the overall data and was stable across genders. Health and socio-environmental variables play an important role when conceptualizing active ageing in our Australian sample. These findings can be used to guide specific community-based interventions that are tailored according to unique cultural variants.

Keywords: Active Ageing, Determinants of Active Ageing, Older Adults, World Health Organization

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, July 2014, pp.57-69. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 17, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 718.975KB)).

Hayley Thomason

Ph.D Candidate, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Deirdre McLaughlin

Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Prof. Nancy Pachana

Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of Clinical Program, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia