Fifteen Dimensions of Health among Community-Dwelling Older Singaporeans.


Journal Article

This paper aims to present a broad perspective of health of older Singaporeans spanning 15 health dimensions and study the association between self-rated health (SRH) and other health dimensions. Using data from a survey of 5000 Singaporeans (≥60 years), SRH and health in 14 other dimensions were assessed. Generalized logit model was used to assess contribution of these 14 dimensions to positive and negative SRH, compared to average SRH. About 86% reported their health to be average or higher. Prevalence of positive SRH and "health" in most other dimensions was lower in older age groups. Positive and negative SRH were associated with mobility, hearing, vision, major physical illness, pain, personal mastery, depressive symptoms, and perceived financial adequacy. The findings show that a majority of older Singaporeans report themselves as healthy overall and in a wide range of health dimensions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Malhotra, C; Chan, A; Malhotra, R; Ostbye, T

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2011 /

Start / End Page

  • 128581 -

PubMed ID

  • 22110500

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22110500

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1687-7071

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2011/128581


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States