Journal Article

Functional capacity and self-evaluation of health and life of oldest old in China

Zeng, Y., Vaupel, J. W.

Journal of Social Issues, 58:4, 733-748 (2002)

Keywords: China, health


This study is based on survey data from a sample of 8,805 elders aged 80105 in 22 provinces of China. Rural oldest old are significantly more active in daily living than urban oldest old; adaptation is perhaps the major explanation of this difference. Female oldest old are seriously disadvantaged in functional capacities and selfreported health as compared with their male counterparts. Percentages of being active in daily living, having good physical performance, normal cognitive function and wellbeing drop dramatically from age 8084 to 100105. Proportion reporting satisfaction in current life, however, remains almost constant from age 8084 to 9094 and declines slightly afterwards. This may suggest that being more positive in selffeeling of life is one of the secrets of longevity.