Campus Units

Human Development and Family Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2011

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Applied Geronotology

Volume

32

Issue

3

First Page

324

Last Page

346

DOI

10.1177/0733464811420563

Abstract

This study investigated correlates of functional capacity among participants of the Georgia Centenarian Study. Six domains (demographics and health, positive and negative affect, personality, social and economic support, life events and coping, distal influences) were related to functional capacity for 234 centenarians and near centenarians (i.e., 98 years and older). Data were provided by proxy informants. Domain-specific multiple regression analyses suggested that younger centenarians, those living in the community and rated to be in better health were more likely to have higher functional capacity scores. Higher scores in positive affect, conscientiousness, social provisions, religious coping, and engaged lifestyle were also associated with higher levels of functional capacity. The results suggest that functional capacity levels continue to be associated with age after 100 years of life and that positive affect levels and past lifestyle activities as reported by proxies are salient factors of adaptation in very late life.

Comments

This is an accepted manuscript published as Martin, Peter, Maurice MacDonald, Jennifer Margrett, Ilene Siegler, and Leonard W. Poon. "Correlates of functional capacity among centenarians." Journal of Applied Gerontology32, no. 3 (2013): 324-346. doi:10.1177/0733464811420563. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

The Authors

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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