Campus Units

Human Development and Family Studies

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2011

Journal or Book Title

Understanding Well-Being in the Oldest Old

Volume

Chapter 7

First Page

96

Last Page

110

DOI

10.1017/CBO9780511920974.008

Abstract

Very old adults have experienced many events in their lives, some many years ago, some more recently. This chapter highlights events perceived as the most important ones in the lives of centenarians. Domain-specific events are also considered in this chapter, including health events, family events, and work events. Finally, the impact of life events on the overall well-being of the oldest-old adults is considered. The evidence suggests that positive cumulative (“lifetime”) events reduce levels of negative affect, whereas cumulative (“lifetime”) negative events promote negative affect. When proximal events (i.e., those experienced in the past 20 years) and distal events (i.e., those experienced more than 20 years ago) are considered, proximal events are more likely to reduce levels of positive affect and enhance levels of negative affect. Distal events, on the other hand, are more likely to enhance overall feelings of positive affect.

Comments

This book chapter is published as Martin, P., da Rosa, G., & Poon, L. W. (2011). The impact of life events on the oldest old. In L. W. Poon & J. Cohen-Mansfield (Eds.), Understanding the well-being of the oldest old (pp. 96-110). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511920974.008. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Cambridge University Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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