Self-rated health and social role as predictors for 6-year total mortality among a non-disabled older Japanese population

Arch Gerontol Geriatr. Jan-Feb 2006;42(1):91-9. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2005.05.002. Epub 2005 Jul 19.

Abstract

We examined whether social role and self-rated health in an older population were predictors for 6-year total mortality among a non-disabled community-dwelling older population in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, surveyed in 1992 and 1998. A total of 8090 men and women aged 65-99 years who reported no disability in performing activities of daily living (ADL) at the time of the survey in 1992 and provided information on their survival status at follow-up 6 years later were analyzed in this study. One dependent variable was survival status in 1998 and independent variables were various factors potentially associated with total mortality, which were obtained from a questionnaire survey at the baseline. During the 6-year interval, having poor self-rated health and poor social roles were identified as significant predictors for total mortality among both men and women. This study revealed that social role and self-rated health are independent predictors for 6-year total mortality for non-disabled Japanese aged 65 years or older.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mortality / trends*
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Urban Population