Active Ageing: Developing a Quantitative Multidimensional Measure

  • Laurie BuysEmail author
  • Evonne Miller
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 15)


In response to the global phenomenon of population ageing, numerous countries have turned to international directives promoting active, healthy or successful ageing. However, there is significant disagreement and debate about how to define well-being in later life, with no consensus on either terminology or measurement. Through a survey of 2,645 older Australians, this chapter explores the extent to which work, learning, social, emotional, spirituality, health, home environment and life events contribute to active ageing. Factor analyses identified that three key concepts explain 57% of the variance and appear to be critical in ‘active ageing’: coping with life and self-belief (26%), social and life participation (22%) and physical health and functioning (9%). The finding that issues relate to life engagement, mental/emotional health and social relationships dominated the factor structure of ‘active ageing’ highlights the importance of emotional and social dimensions in active ageing.


Active Ageing Successful Ageing Voluntary Work Productive Ageing Quantifiable Indicator 
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The research was funded primarily by a QUT Strategic Collaborative Program Grant. Thanks to Nikki David (statistician) for help with statistical analyses and interpretation. The contributions of the Triple A team are also acknowledged: Lovie-Kitchin, J., Boulton-Lewis, G., Tedman-Jones, J., Nayak, R., Courtney, M., Edwards, H., Anderson, D. and Zlobicki, M.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Design, Faculty of Built Environment and EngineeringQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of DesignQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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