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Health Expectancies in Adults Aged 50 Years or Older in China


Luo, Hao; Wong, Gloria H. Y; Lum, Terry Y. S; Luo, Minxia; Gong, Cathy H; Kendig, Hal (2016). Health Expectancies in Adults Aged 50 Years or Older in China. Journal of Aging and Health, 28(5):758-774.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to understand the functional health of older adults in China and to assess the potential for advancing healthy and active aging.
METHOD: Data of 13,739 older adults aged 50 years and older from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study in 2011 were analyzed. Life expectancy in good perceived health, chronic-disease-free life expectancy, active life expectancy, and severe impairment-free life expectancy were calculated using Sullivan's method.
RESULTS: At age 50 years, older adults had a life expectancy in good perceived health of 7.0 and 6.7 years in men and women, respectively. They would remain chronic-disease-free for 8.4 and 8.6 years, without activity limitation for 23.6 and 26.0 years, and severe impairment-free for 21.4 and 24.2 years.
DISCUSSION: The world's largest aging population was spending a substantial proportion of remaining life years in suboptimal health and well-being, while remaining largely independent in basic self-care without severe impairments.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to understand the functional health of older adults in China and to assess the potential for advancing healthy and active aging.
METHOD: Data of 13,739 older adults aged 50 years and older from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study in 2011 were analyzed. Life expectancy in good perceived health, chronic-disease-free life expectancy, active life expectancy, and severe impairment-free life expectancy were calculated using Sullivan's method.
RESULTS: At age 50 years, older adults had a life expectancy in good perceived health of 7.0 and 6.7 years in men and women, respectively. They would remain chronic-disease-free for 8.4 and 8.6 years, without activity limitation for 23.6 and 26.0 years, and severe impairment-free for 21.4 and 24.2 years.
DISCUSSION: The world's largest aging population was spending a substantial proportion of remaining life years in suboptimal health and well-being, while remaining largely independent in basic self-care without severe impairments.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Life-span and Life-course Studies
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:19 Sep 2019 11:12
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 03:40
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0898-2643
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264315611663

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