Active ageing : developing a quantitative multi-dimensional measure

Buys, Laurie & Miller, Evonne (2011) Active ageing : developing a quantitative multi-dimensional measure. In Tam, Maureen & Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M. (Eds.) Active Ageing, Active Learning : Issues and Challenges. Springer, Dordrecht.

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With estimates that two billion of the world’s population will be 65 years or older by 2050, ensuring that older people ‘age well’ is an international priority. To date, however, there is significant disagreement and debate about how to define and measure ‘ageing well’, with no consensus on either terminology or measurement. Thus, this chapter describes the research rationale, methodology and findings of the Australian Active Ageing Study (Triple A Study), which surveyed 2620 older Australians to identify significant contributions to quality of life for older people: work, learning, social participation, spirituality, emotional wellbeing, health, and life events. Exploratory factor analyses identified eight distinct elements (grouped into four key concepts) which appear to define ‘active ageing’ and explained 55% of the variance: social and life participation (25%), emotional health (22%), physical health and functioning (4%) and security (4%). These findings highlight the importance of understanding and supporting the social and emotional dimensions of ageing, as issues of social relationships, life engagement and emotional health dominated the factor structure. Our intension is that this paper will prompt informed debate and discussion on defining and measuring active ageing, facilitating exploration and understanding of the complexity of issues that intertwine, converge and enhance the ageing experience.

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ID Code: 48349
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: active ageing, quantitative factor analysis
ISBN: 9789400721104
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Springer
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2012 23:20
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 11:41

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