Age-Friendliness and Life Satisfaction of Young-Old and Old-Old in Hong Kong

May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina Au, Stephen C.Y. Chan, H. M. Yip, Jackie Y.C. Kwok, K. Y. Lai, K. M. Leung, Anita L.F. Lee, Wing Leung Lai, Teresa Tsien, Simon M.K. Lai

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L. Au et al. Age-friendliness, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to enable and support individuals in different aspects of life for fostering life satisfaction and personal well-being as they age. We identified specific aspect(s) of age-friendliness associated with life satisfaction and examined similarities and differences in age-friendliness and life satisfaction in young-old and old-old adults. Six hundred and eighty-two ageing adults were asked to complete a survey questionnaire consisting of the Age-friendly City Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale, and sociodemographic variables. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to examine the effects of various domains of age-friendliness on life satisfaction among the young-old adults (aged 65 to 74, n=351) and the old-old adults (aged 75 to 97, n=331). Common domains associated with life satisfaction in both young-old and old-old groups were transportation and social participation. Community and health services were associated with life satisfaction for the young-old group only. On the other hand, civic participation and employment was significantly associated with the old-old group only. Social participation is important for the young-old and the old-old. Ageing older adults can be a resource to the society. Implications for promoting and implementing age-friendliness were discussed in the context of successful and productive ageing and the need for a more refined taxonomy of social activities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6215917
JournalCurrent Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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