Mobility Limitation and Changes in Personal Goals Among Older Women.

Saajanaho, M; Viljanen, A; Read, S; Eronen, J; Kaprio, J; Jylhä, M; Rantanen, T; (2014) Mobility Limitation and Changes in Personal Goals Among Older Women. The journals of gerontology Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. ISSN 1079-5014 DOI:

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OBJECTIVES Several theoretical viewpoints suggest that older adults need to modify their personal goals in the face of functional decline. The aim of this study was to investigate longitudinally the association of mobility limitation with changes in personal goals among older women. METHOD Eight-year follow-up of 205 women aged 66-78 years at baseline. RESULTS Health-related goals were the most common at both measurements. Goals related to independent living almost doubled and goals related to exercise and to cultural activities substantially decreased during the follow-up. Higher age decreased the likelihood for engaging in new goals related to cultural activities and disengaging from goals related to independent living. Women who had developed mobility limitation during the follow-up were less likely to engage in new goals related to exercise and more likely to disengage from goals related to cultural activities and to health and functioning. DISCUSSION The results of this study support theories suggesting that age-related losses such as mobility limitation may result in older adults modifying or disengaging from personal goals.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
PubMed ID: 25123689
Web of Science ID: 368368600001


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