Perceived life expectancy predicts time investment in productive aging activities: An ecological momentary assessment study

Hao LUO, Gloria H. Y. WONG, Jennifer Y. M. TANG, Tianyin LIU, Frankie H. C. WONG, Ada C. MIU, Nancy MORROW-HOWELL, Sheung-Tak CHENG, Terry Y. S. LUM

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Abstract

Objectives: Despite known benefits of productive aging, it is unclear what explains time allocation in productive activities. We investigated whether productive engagement in older people can be explained by their age, health, socioeconomic status, and perceived life expectancy in Hong Kong. Methods: We interviewed 390 community-dwelling older persons for their health and perceived life expectancy, followed by a 7-day ecological momentary assessment to record their activities. Results: A total of 366 participants who completed the study (age 75 ± 8.3 years; 79% women) reported an average perceived life expectancy of nearly 10 years. The majority (59%) engaged in productive activities. Estimates of the structural equation model (RMSEA = 0.046) showed that age and health were associated with productive engagement, mediated by perceived life expectancy. Discussion and Implications: Future efforts in promoting productive aging and related research should include interventions addressing perceived life expectancy, a potentially modifiable factor. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch on Aging
Early online date08 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 08 Feb 2021

Citation

Luo, H., Wong, G. H. Y., Tang, J. Y. M., Liu, T., Wong, F. H. C., Miu, A. C., . . . Lum, T. Y. S. (2021). Perceived life expectancy predicts time investment in productive aging activities: An ecological momentary assessment study. Research on Aging. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0164027521992690

Keywords

  • Productive aging
  • Perceived life expectancy
  • Time investment
  • Ecological momentary assessment

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