A New Multidimensional Model of Successful Aging: Perceptions of Japanese American Older Adults
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This 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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- 1. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Mental Health Operations, 9152 Kent Avenue, Building 401, Indianapolis, IN, 46216, USA
- 3. Department of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA
- 2. Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling & Counseling Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
- 4. Department of Counseling & Guidance Services, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA