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What Matters for Life Satisfaction among the Oldest-Old? Evidence from China

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  • Ng, Sor Tho

    (University of Malaya)

  • Tey, Nai Peng

    (University of Malaya)

  • Asadullah, Niaz

    ()

    (University of Malaya)

This study investigates the determinants of life satisfaction among the oldest-old (i.e. individuals aged 80 or over) in China. We use the 2011/2012 Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey data (n = 6530) for this paper. Logistic regression is used to analyse the effects of socio-demographic, economic, health, instrumental activities of daily living, family and community factors on life satisfaction and depression among the oldest-old in China. Our analysis confirms the significance of many factors affecting life satisfaction among the oldest-old in China. Factors that are correlated with life satisfaction include respondent's sex, education, place of residence, self-rated health status, cognitive ability (using mini mental state examination), regular physical examination, perceived relative economic status, access to social security provisions, commercialized insurances, living arrangements, and number of social services available in the community (p

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2017
Publication status: published in: PLOS One, 2017, 12(2): e0171799
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10624
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