Physical Activity and Successful Aging in Canadian Older Adults

in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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Rowe and Kahn (1987) proposed that successful aging is the balance of three components: absence of disease and disease-related disability, high functional capacity, and active engagement with life. This study examines the relationship between physical activity involvement and successful aging in Canadian older adults using data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, cycle 2.1 (N = 12,042). Eleven percent of Canadian older adults were aging successfully, 77.6% were moderately successful, and 11.4% were unsuccessful according to Rowe and Kahn’s criteria. Results indicate that physically active respondents were more than twice as likely to be rated as aging successfully, even after removing variance associated with demographic covariates. These findings provide valuable information for researchers and practitioners interested in age-specific interventions to improve older individuals’ likelihood of aging successfully.

Baker, Meisner, and Logan are with the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada. Kungl is with the School of Graduate Studies, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada. Weir is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON Canada.