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Social connectedness and self-perceived health of older adults in New Zealand

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posted on 20.07.2021, 21:28 by P Saravanakumar, NKG Garrett, Kim Van Wissen, J Montayre, Karen McBride-Henry
The objective of this research was to explore social connectedness and associations with self-perceived health amongst older adults in New Zealand at a population level. The data for this analysis were derived from the 2016 Health and Lifestyle Survey, a nationally representative survey administered via face-to-face interviews. The findings from this analysis of 1,374 respondents, all of whom were over the age of 55 years, highlight that being female, belonging to older age groups (above 70 years), being employed full-time or part-time, connecting online with known people, considering cultural connections to be important and not feeling isolated from others are significantly and positively associated with positive self-perceived health. The findings underscore the resilience potential of older adults and importance of social connectedness for positive health and well-being. In addition, the findings reveal target areas that would benefit by intervention and support by health professionals and policy makers.

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Preferred citation

Saravanakumar, P., Garrett, N. K. G., Van Wissen, K., Montayre, J. & McBride-Henry, K. (2021). Social connectedness and self-perceived health of older adults in New Zealand. Health and Social Care in the Community. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13400

Journal title

Health and Social Care in the Community

Publication date

01/01/2021

Publisher

Wiley

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

11/06/2021

ISSN

0966-0410

eISSN

1365-2524

Article number

hsc.13400

Language

en