J Agric Med Community Health.  2011 Dec;36(4):207-217.

Health Behavior and Health Condition of the Rural Young-Old and the Rural Old-Old in an Agricultural District

  • 1Department of Public Health, Graduate School of Kyungpook National University, Korea.
  • 2Graduate School of Public Health, Kyungpook National University, Korea. djjy02@hanmail.net
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Korea.


OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to garner useful information through a comparative analysis of health behaviors and health states between the young-old and old-old elderly in a rural Korean area.
We define the young-old elderly as those 65 to 74 years of age, and the old-old as those over 70. The survey was administered in October and November of 2009 at senior citizen centers in Sangju City, Kyongsangbuk-do, South Korea. The number of subjects surveyed approximated the demographics of the aged population of the administrative district of centers of 24 eup, myeon, and dong.
Compared with the young-old elderly, the old-old were vulnerable to population sociological characteristics. While there were many cases of contraction of diseases, only a small percentage of old-old elderly were engaged in regular exercise. In addition, the old-old elderly lagged behind the young-old in terms of physical activity, mental and oral health, hearing, and vision.
The vulnerability of the old-old elderly in terms of physical and mental health needs to be acknowledged as various characteristics of the elderly that appears according an age group. A variety of disease prevention and health promotion programs that focus on the health behavior and status of the young-old and old-old elderly need to be developed and put into practice.


Young-old; Old-old; Health behavior
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