Quality of Life in Japanese Older Adults

  • Hisao Osada


The population of Japanese people over 65 years of age is estimated at 1,821 as of September 15, 1995, which is 14.5% of the entire population. While the ratio is still lower than that of Sweden (17.6%) or England (15.8%), the number is expected to continue to increase and reach as many as 32.8 million by the year 2021. As of 1994, the average life expectancy of the Japanese was 83 years for females and 76.7 years for males, the highest in the world. The number of adults 100 years old totaled as many as 6,378 as of September 8, 1995. The rapid aging of the Japanese society is said to be the result of both the decline in the birthrate and improved longevity. An aging society also means a long-life society, which is itself a very welcome phenomenon. On the other hand, living longer often means not only having to face more social or psychological experiences of loss (e. g., loss of spouse) but also having to face physical and mental decline or pathological deterioration. The negative experiences tend to increase the risk factors threatening health and comfortable living.


Life Satisfaction Grip Strength Subjective Health Status Tokyo Metropolitan Institute Social Gerontology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hisao Osada
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  1. 1.Tokyo Metropolitan College of Allied Medical SciencesTokyo 116Japan

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