Are different diseases in old age connected with different attitudes toward own aging and subjective age?

Schönstein, Anton ; Wahl, Hans-Werner ; Denkinger, Michael ; Dallmeier, Dhayana ; Rothenbacher, Dietrich ; Klenk, Jochen ; Bahrmann, Anke

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-597432
Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Innovation in Aging
Volume: 4, Suppl. 1
Page range: 589
Conference title: GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting
Location of the conference venue: Online
Date of the conference: 04.-07.11.2020
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 2399-5300
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Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Kognitive Psychologie mit Schwerp. Kognitives Altern (Kuhlmann 2015-)
Pre-existing license: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: Subjective views on aging (VoA; e.g., subjective age, attitude toward own aging “ATOA”) are regarded as important biopsychosocial markers of aging but their antecedents are not entirely clear. Besides general risk factors (depression, cognition, activities of daily living), we compared multiple disease groups to establish connections between specific morbidities and risk for negative VoA. Data was drawn from the ActiFE-Ulm study for which a representative sample of community-dwelling older people (65-90 years) was recruited. Follow-ups were conducted 7.7 years (median) after recruitment (T2; N=526). Self-reported depression at T1 was the strongest general risk-factor for negative VoA at follow-up (both subjective age and ATOA). Back pain predicted negative ATOA, whereas rheumatism was associated to both negative ATOA and older subjective age. We conclude that diseases are differentially associated with VoA. Further, mental health problems such as depression seem to be of higher importance for VoA as compared to other factors.
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