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Subjective age and the association with intrinsic capacity, functional ability, and health among older adults in Norway

Overview of attention for article published in European Journal of Ageing, February 2023
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Title
Subjective age and the association with intrinsic capacity, functional ability, and health among older adults in Norway
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European Journal of Ageing, February 2023
DOI 10.1007/s10433-023-00753-2
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Ellen Melbye Langballe, Vegard Skirbekk, Bjørn Heine Strand

Abstract

This study investigates the relationships between subjective age, intrinsic capacity, functional ability and health among Norwegians aged 60 years and older. The Norwegian Survey of Health and Ageing (NORSE) is a population-based, cross-sectional study of home-dwelling individuals aged 60-96 years in the former county of Oppland. Age- and sex-adjusted regression models were used to investigate the gap between subjective and chronological age and this gap's association with self-reported and objectively measured intrinsic capacity (covering all six sub domains defined by WHO), health, and functional ability among 817 NORSE participants. The results show most participants felt younger than their chronological age (86.5%), while relatively few felt the same as their chronological age (8.3%) or older (5.2%). The mean subjective age was 13.8 years lower than mean chronological age. Participants with urinal incontinence, poor vision, or poor hearing felt 3.1 [95% confidence interval (CI) (0.6, 5.5)], 2.9 [95% CI (0.2, 5.6)], and 2.9 [95% CI (0.3, 5.5)] years older, respectively, than participants without those conditions, whereas none of the following factors-anxiety, depression, chronic disease, Short Physical Performance Battery score, grip strength, cognition, or frailty-significantly had an impact on the gap. In line with prior research, this study finds that feeling considerably younger than one's chronological age is common at older ages. However, those with poor hearing, poor vision, and urinal incontinence felt less young compared to those not having these conditions. These relationships may exert undesirable effects on vitality and autonomy, which are considered key factors of intrinsic capacity and healthy ageing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 11 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Librarian 1 9%
Researcher 1 9%
Other 1 9%
Student > Master 1 9%
Unknown 7 64%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 2 18%
Social Sciences 1 9%
Engineering 1 9%
Unknown 7 64%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 March 2023.
All research outputs
#2,837,300
of 25,457,297 outputs
Outputs from European Journal of Ageing
#82
of 378 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#55,709
of 422,822 outputs
Outputs of similar age from European Journal of Ageing
#2
of 4 outputs
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