A1 Journal article (refereed)
Active Aging in Senior Housing Residents and Community-Dwelling Older Adults : A Comparative Study in Finland (2024)

Siltanen, S., Keskinen, K. E., Lahti, A.-M., Rantanen, T., & von Bonsdorff, M. (2024). Active Aging in Senior Housing Residents and Community-Dwelling Older Adults : A Comparative Study in Finland. Journal of Aging and Health, 36(5-6), 299-307. https://doi.org/10.1177/08982643231186627

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All authors or editorsSiltanen, Sini; Keskinen, Kirsi E.; Lahti, Anna-Maria; Rantanen, Taina; von Bonsdorff, Mikaela

Journal or seriesJournal of Aging and Health



Publication year2024

Publication date27/06/2023


Issue number5-6

Pages range299-307

PublisherSAGE Publications

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/92330


Leading an active life in old age underpins positive life experience. This study aimed to compare the levels of active aging in senior housing residents and community-dwelling older people.
We combined data from the BoAktiv senior house survey (N = 336, 69% women, mean age 83 years) and AGNES cohort study among community-dwelling older adults (N = 1021, 57% women, mean age 79 years). Active aging was assessed with the University of Jyvaskyla Active Aging scale. Data were analyzed with general linear models, and the analyses were stratified by sex.
Men in senior houses demonstrated lower active aging scores in general than community-dwelling men. Women in senior houses showed greater will to be active, but poorer ability and possibilities for activity than community-dwelling women.
Despite the social and supporting environment, senior housing residents’ possibilities for leading an active life seem to be compromised, potentially leading to an unmet activity need.

Keywordsactivity (properties)participationwell-beingolder peopleageingpensionersresidence

Free keywordsactivity; participation; wellbeing; communal housing

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

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