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Remaining active: A boost for well-being?

Published in The Closing Chapters of Long Lives. Results from the 10-Year Swilsoo Study on the Oldest Old. New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2008, p. 115–128
Abstract This chapter seeks to gauge the extent to which the continuity of leisure activities can counter the negative effects of frailty on well-being. The cognitive and affective dimensions of well-being are both taken into consideration. Two trajectories of frailty taking place between two successive waves are examined: (a) the onset of frailty and (b) the aggravation of the condition. For both trajectories, the level of activity – continuity versus decline – is monitored over the same period of time. Three profiles are thus defined and compared with one another: health stability (profile I); health deterioration with continuing activity (profile II); helath deterioration with activity decline (profile III). For three of the four cases analyzed (two constituents of well-being x two trajectories of frailty), the analyses show that profile II is associated with no significant decline in well-being whose level at the end of the trajectory is very close to that of profile I whereas profile III engenders a marked decline in well-being. These results emphasize that continuity in leisure activities moderates the negative effects on well-being of the onset and aggravation of frailty and they are on the whole consistent with the theoretical model of continuity.
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BICKEL, Jean-François, GIRARDIN KECIOUR, Myriam. Remaining active: A boost for well-being?. In: The Closing Chapters of Long Lives. Results from the 10-Year Swilsoo Study on the Oldest Old. New York, USA : Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2008. p. 115–128. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:87313

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