The predictors of active ageing of older Australians : the triple a study

Buys, L., Lovie-Kitchin, J.E., Nayak, R., Boulton-Lewis, G.M., Tedman-Jones, J.S., Anderson, D.J., Edwards, H.E., Courtney, M.D., & Zlobicki, M. (2005) The predictors of active ageing of older Australians : the triple a study. The Gerontologist, 45(Sp.2), p. 423.

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The concept of older adults contributing to society in a meaningful way has been termed ‘active ageing’. Active ageing reflects changes in prevailing theories of social and psychological aspects of ageing, with a focus on individuals' strengths as opposed to their deficits or pathology. In order to explore predictors of active ageing, the Australian Active Ageing (Triple A) project group undertook a national postal survey of participants over the age of 50 years recruited randomly through their 2004 membership of a large Australia-wide senior's organisation. The survey comprised 178 items covering paid and voluntary work, learning, social, spiritual, emotional, health and home, life events and demographic items. A 45% response rate (2655 returned surveys) reflected an expected balance of gender, age and geographic representation of participants. The data were analysed using data mining techniques to represent generalizations on individual situations. Data mining identifies the valid, novel, potentially useful and understandable patterns and trends in data. The results based on the clustering mining technique indicate that physical and emotional health combined with the desire to learn were the most significant factors when considering active ageing. The findings suggest that remaining active in later life is not only directly related to the maintenance of emotional and physical health, but may be significantly intertwined with the opportunity to engage in on-going learning activities that are relevant to the individual. The findings of this study suggest that practitioners and policy makers need to incorporate older peoples' learning needs within service and policy framework developments.

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ID Code: 57216
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Articles free to read on journal website after 12 months
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DOI: 10.1093/geront/45.Special_Issue_II.1
ISSN: 0016-9013
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2013 03:34
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 00:56

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