J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2015 Dec;26(4):372-379. 10.12799/jkachn.2015.26.4.372.

Successful Aging and the Influencing Factors in the Korean Elderly: Focused on Family Support

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  • 1College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. fabulousong@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This research was conducted to examine the successful aging and identify factors influencing successful aging in the Korean elderly.
METHODS
The subjects were 4,507 elders and data were collected from the 4th Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing in 2012. The data were analyzed using frequencies, weighted percentage, chi2 test, and logistic regression.
RESULTS
The results of this study showed that 19.6% of the participants were categorized to successful aging. The domains of the absence of disease and disability and maintaining physical and mental functioning showed a high rate of achievement, while the domain of active engagement with life showed a low rate of achievement compared to others. Successful aging was influenced by gender, age, subjective economic status, subjective health status, and family support, particularly spouse's support.
CONCLUSION
Intervention programs to increase the prevalence of successful aging are required. Especially programs for strengthening spouse's support and enhancing subjective health status are required.

Keyword

Elderly; Aging; Family; Nursing
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