When I’m 104: The Determinants of Healthy Longevity Among the Oldest-Old in China
This chapter uses the first wave of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey to investigate the health status of the oldest-old in China. We found that the different measures of health collected in the survey were only moderately related. That is, there is not a single construct called “health.” We found that work history was modestly related to some measures of health. We also found that childhood health and socioeconomic status were correlated with health even at advanced ages. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to examine this connection in developing countries and at such advanced ages.
KeywordsAging Childhood socioeconomic status Chronic conditions Determinants Functional limitations Global health Health status Healthy longe-vity Interviewer’s assessment Multidimensional concept Oldest-old Personality Physical health measures Quality of life Regional differences Self-rated health Socioeconomic factors Socioeconomic status Subjective measures of health
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