publication . Article . 2005

The impact of social relationships on the maintenance of independence in advanced old age: findings of a Swiss longitudinal study

C. Lalive D'epinay; Stéphanie Pin; Dario Spini; Edith Guilley;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2005 Journal: Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, volume 38, pages 203-209 (issn: 0948-6704, eissn: 1435-1269, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
The impact of social relationships on the maintenance of independence over periods of 12–18 months in a group of 306 octogenarians is assessed in this study. The study is based on the results of the Swilsoo (Swiss Interdisciplinary Longitudinal Study on the Oldest Old). Participants (80–84 years old at baseline) were interviewed five times between 1994 and 1999. Independence was defined as the capacity to perform without assistance eight activities of daily living. We distinguished in our analyses kinship and friendship networks and evaluated social relationships with the help of a series of variables serving as indicators of network composition and contact freq...
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free text keywords: Issues, ethics and legal aspects, Gerontology, Health(social science), Geriatrics and Gerontology, Etude longitudinale, Grande vieillesse, Indépendance, Réseau d'aide, Swilsoo, Logistic regression, Social network, business.industry, business, Friendship, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Activities of daily living, Institutional repository, Social relationship, Kinship, Longitudinal study, Psychology, ddc:618.97
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