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26-07-2018

Physical, sensory, and cognitive functioning among centenarians: a comparison between the Tokyo and Georgia centenarian studies

Auteurs: Peter Martin, Yasuyuki Gondo, Yasumichi Arai, Yoshiko Ishioka, John L. Woodard, Leonard W. Poon, Nobuyoshi Hirose

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 11/2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to compare centenarians in the United States and Japan on sensory, cognitive, and physical functioning and to evaluate a model that tests the interrelationship between physical function, cognition, and sensory impairment in these two unique samples of the oldest old.

Methods

The sample of U. S. centenarians included 245 centenarians, the sample of Japanese centenarians included 304 centenarians. Sensory impairment was assessed by general assessments of vision and hearing, and physical function was assessed with six physical activities of daily living (i.e., eating, grooming, dressing, transporting, bathing, and walking).

Results

The results suggest that centenarians from the Georgia study showed higher levels of functioning in all domains when compared to the Tokyo sample. A structural equation model yielded stronger associations between cognitive and sensory function with physical function for the Tokyo sample.

Conclusions

Functional differences may be due, in part, to different care patterns for the oldest old in the United States when compared to Japan.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Physical, sensory, and cognitive functioning among centenarians: a comparison between the Tokyo and Georgia centenarian studies
Auteurs
Peter Martin
Yasuyuki Gondo
Yasumichi Arai
Yoshiko Ishioka
John L. Woodard
Leonard W. Poon
Nobuyoshi Hirose
Publicatiedatum
26-07-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 11/2018
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-018-1943-z

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