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The Healthy Longevity Survey and the Active Life Expectancy of the Oldest Old in China


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  • Xiao Zhenyu
  • J. W. Vaupel
  • Zeng Yi
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    Zeng Yi, Vaupel James W., Xiao Zhenyu, Zhang Chunyuan, Liu Yuzhi.-The Healthy Longevity Survey and the Active Life Expectancy of the Oldest Old in China This paper presents a summarized description of the background, objectives, study design, and data quality assessment of the 1998 Chinese Healthy Longevity Survey. The initial findings on the specific topic of active vs. disabled life expectancies are also presented in this paper. Various measurements have indicated that age-reporting and other aspects of the data quality of our 1998 survey are generally good. Based on data on Activities of Daily Living (ADL) collected from 2,274 centenarians, 3,035 nonagenarians, and 3,496 octogenarians in the 1998 survey, the oldest old living in rural China are more likely to be active in daily living throughout their remaining life than their urban counterparts. A higher percentage of elderly men maintain an active lifestyle than women, although women have a longer total life expectancy. Some explanations on such interesting rural-urban and gender differentials are discussed.

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    Article provided by Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED) in its journal Population.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 95-116

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    Handle: RePEc:cai:popine:popu_p2001_13n1_0116

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    1. Zeng Yi & Gu Danan & Kenneth Land, 2004. "A new method for correcting under-estimation of disabled life expectancy and an application to the chinese oldest-old," Demography, Springer, vol. 41(2), pages 335-361, May.
    2. Zachary Zimmer & Linda Martin & Daniel Nagin & Bobby Jones, 2012. "Modeling Disability Trajectories and Mortality of the Oldest-Old in China," Demography, Springer, vol. 49(1), pages 291-314, February.
    3. Yi Zeng & Danan Gu & Kenneth C. Land, 2003. "A new method for correcting the underestimation of disabled life expectancy inherent in conventional methods: application to the oldest old in China," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2003-033, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    4. Zhao, Zhong, 2005. "Analysis of Health and Longevity in Oldest-Old Population: A Health Capital Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 1877, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. Yi Zeng & James W. Vaupel, 2003. "Association of late childbearing with healthy longevity among the oldest-old in China," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2003-020, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    6. Guodong Chen & Xiaoyan Lei, 2009. "“Fertility effect” or “supporting effect?”—Quantity of children and parental health," Frontiers of Economics in China, Springer, vol. 4(4), pages 601-616, December.
    7. Qiang Li, 2005. "Subjective well-being and mortality in Chinese oldest old," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2005-011, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    8. Yi Zeng & James W. Vaupel, 2003. "Oldest Old Mortality in China," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 8(7), pages 215-244, April.


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