This study explores the risk and reinforcement factors of successful healthy aging by interviewing managers of elderly colleges and day care institutions for the disabled elderly. With a purpose to build an index of independence for the elderly, this study tries to help them to achieve the goal of taking care by themselves when facing different stages of aging process. The three elements of successful aging, lower risks of diseases and disability, high physical and mental function, and engagement with life, are applied to define the index of independence which is measured by asking 16 questions for the elderly by four dimensions: physical condition, psychological condition, self-learning condition, and social engagement condition. In-depth interviews are conducted for 16 managers of elder colleges and daycare institutions for disabled elders in this quantitative study to improve this independence index. Through these interviews, the efficacy of the independence index is defined by how this index can help these managers to explain how their participants can fit their programs or change to other programs for the purpose of switching institutions for a successful integrated care system of the elders.
Ying-Ying Chen, National United University, Taiwan
Stream: Aging and Gerontology
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