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Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Volume 2017, Article ID 6215917, 10 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6215917
Research Article

Age-Friendliness and Life Satisfaction of Young-Old and Old-Old in Hong Kong

Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

Correspondence should be addressed to Stephen C. Y. Chan; kh.uylop.tcennoc@nahc.yccs

Received 2 November 2016; Accepted 12 February 2017; Published 24 February 2017

Academic Editor: Fulvio Lauretani

Copyright © 2017 Alma M. L. Au et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Age-friendliness, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to enable and support individuals in different aspects of life for fostering life satisfaction and personal well-being as they age. We identified specific aspect(s) of age-friendliness associated with life satisfaction and examined similarities and differences in age-friendliness and life satisfaction in young-old and old-old adults. Six hundred and eighty-two ageing adults were asked to complete a survey questionnaire consisting of the Age-friendly City Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale, and sociodemographic variables. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to examine the effects of various domains of age-friendliness on life satisfaction among the young-old adults (aged 65 to 74, ) and the old-old adults (aged 75 to 97, ). Common domains associated with life satisfaction in both young-old and old-old groups were transportation and social participation. Community and health services were associated with life satisfaction for the young-old group only. On the other hand, civic participation and employment was significantly associated with the old-old group only. Social participation is important for the young-old and the old-old. Ageing older adults can be a resource to the society. Implications for promoting and implementing age-friendliness were discussed in the context of successful and productive ageing and the need for a more refined taxonomy of social activities.