Successful aging: Definitions and subjective assessment according to older adults

Christine Ferri, Ilise James, Rachel Pruchno

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There is no standard method for measuring successful aging or a consensus on its definition. Surveys about successful aging were administered to 53 older adults in New Jersey. Participants defined successful aging as including activity/exercise (56% of responses), physical health (46%), social relationships (41%), and psychological/ cognitive health (33%). Successful aging, as assessed by one question, was positively related to social support, life satisfaction, and subjective health. By understanding more about the concept of aging successfully, researchers can develop interventions to promote successful aging for older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-388
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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