Who are the healthy active seniors? A cluster analysis

Claudia K.Y. Lai, Engle Angela Chan, Kenny C.W. Chin

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Background: This paper reports a cluster analysis of a sample recruited from a randomized controlled trial that explored the effect of using a life story work approach to improve the psychological outcomes of older people in the community. Methods: 238 subjects from community centers were included in this analysis. After statistical testing, 169 seniors were assigned to the active ageing (AG) cluster and 69 to the inactive ageing (IG) cluster. Results: Those in the AG were younger and healthier, with fewer chronic diseases and fewer depressive symptoms than those in the IG. They were more satisfied with their lives, and had higher self-esteem. They met with their family members more frequently, they engaged in more leisure activities and were more likely to have the ability to move freely. Conclusion: In summary, active ageing was observed in people with better health and functional performance. Our results echoed the limited findings reported in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number127
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Ageing
  • Cluster analysis
  • Community
  • Elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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