Predictors of normal and successful aging among urban-dwelling elderly brazilians

Márcia Lorena Chaves, Ana Luiza Camozzato, Cláudio Laks Eizirik, Jeffrey Kaye

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The association of successful aging with demographic, socioeconomic, and medical characteristics in healthy community-dwelling Brazilian individuals aged 60 years and older (N = 345) was investigated. Participants were classified as successful (n = 214, 62%) or normal (n = 131, 38%) agers. Successful agers participated in significantly more leisure activities (34%) than did normal agers (21%). Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that the number of living children was a risk factor, whereas confidants and family income were protective factors for successful aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-602
Number of pages6
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Aging
  • Brazil
  • Community-dwelling elderly
  • Successful aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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