Physical capacity, subjective health, and life satisfaction in older women: a 10-year follow-up study.



Qazi, Sarang Latif, Koivumaa-Honkanen, Heli, Rikkonen, Toni, Sund, Reijo, Kröger, Heikki, Isanejad, Masoud ORCID: 0000-0002-3720-5152 and Sirola, Joonas
(2021) Physical capacity, subjective health, and life satisfaction in older women: a 10-year follow-up study. BMC geriatrics, 21 (1). 658 - ?.

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Abstract

<h4>Background</h4>Physical capacity and subjective wellbeing are important for healthy aging. Our aim was to study how objective/subjective physical capacity and subjective health relate to life satisfaction, in a 10-year follow-up of aging women.<h4>Methods</h4>The participants (n = 1485, mean age 67.4 years) consisted of community-dwelling older women living in Kuopio, Finland. Grip strength and one-legged stance test time were used as objective, and self-rated mobility (SRM) as subjective physical capacity measures. Self-rated health (SRH) and SRM were assessed with one-item scales and life satisfaction with a 4-item scale. Correlation and linear regression were used to analyze these relationships and correlation network analysis to visualize them. Age and BMI were included in the analysis as adjusting factors.<h4>Results</h4>All the study variables were significantly correlated with baseline and follow-up life satisfaction, except BMI, which was only associated with life satisfaction at follow-up. On both occasions, SRH and SRM were the two strongest correlates of life satisfaction, but their mutual correlation was still higher. In linear regression analyses, SRH was positively associated with both baseline and follow-up life satisfaction, but physical capacity measures became non-significant after including SRH and SRM in the model. In the partial correlation network analyses, SRH and SRM were the most central nodes, connecting every other variable.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Self-reports on health, mobility, and life satisfaction are closely intertwined and provide easily accessible health information among aging women, but the impacts of objective physical capacity measures warrant further longitudinal studies in respect to subjective wellbeing among aging people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Follow-Up Studies, Personal Satisfaction, Health Status, Aging, Aged, Female, Independent Living, Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Life Courses and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 14:05
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2022 20:00
DOI: 10.1186/s12877-021-02605-z
Open Access URL: https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1...
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3155062