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A new multidimensional model of successful aging: perceptions of Japanese American older adults

TitleA new multidimensional model of successful aging: perceptions of Japanese American older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsIwamasa, GY, Iwasaki, M
JournalJ Cross Cult GerontolJ Cross Cult Gerontol
Volume26
Pagination261-78
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number1573-0719 (Electronic)<br/>0169-3816 (Linking)
Accession Number21626301
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living, Aged, Asian Americans/ psychology, Attitude to Health, Female, Focus Groups, Geriatric Assessment/ methods, Health Status, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Psychological, Personal Satisfaction, Quality of Life, Questionnaires, Self-Assessment, Social Values, Spirituality
AbstractThis study examined the concept of successful aging using an ethnographic grounded-theory approach. Seventy-seven Japanese American older adults participated in focus groups. Participants perceived successful aging as optimal functioning in the following areas: Physical health, psychological health, cognitive functioning, socialization, spirituality, and financial security. The content of each dimension represents both culture-specific and culturally-universal elements. This new multidimensional model of successful aging was compared to Rowe and Kahn's (The Gerontologist 37:433-440, 1997) and Phelan et al.'s frameworks (Journal of the American Geriatric Society 52:211-216, 2004) of successful aging. The model of successful aging generated from this study appears to be more comprehensive than existing models and incorporates sociocultural experiences.
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