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2020 May 16

Arch Gerontol Geriatr


The WHO active ageing pillars and its association with survival: Findings from a population-based study in Spain.


Hijas-Gómez AI, Ayala A, Rodríguez-García MP, Rodríguez-Blázquez C, Rodríguez-Rodríguez V, Rojo-Pérez F, Fernández-Mayoralas G, Rodríguez-Laso A, Calderón-Larrañaga A, Forjaz MJ
Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2020 May 16; 90:104114.
PMID: 32526561.


The World Health Organization's active ageing model is based on the optimisation of four key "pillars": health, lifelong learning, participation and security. It provides older people with a policy framework to develop their potential for well-being, which in turn, may facilitate longevity. We sought to assess the effect of active ageing on longer life expectancy by: i) operationalising the WHO active ageing framework, ii) testing the validity of the factors obtained by analysing the relationships between the pillars, and iii) exploring the impact of active ageing on survival through the health pillar.