Testing a model of successful aging in a cohort of masters swimmers

David Geard, Amanda L Rebar, Peter Reaburn, Rylee A Dionigi

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Due to their high physical functioning, masters athletes are regularly proposed to exemplify successful aging. However, successful aging research on masters athletes has never been undertaken using a multidimensional successful aging model. To determine the best model for future successful aging research on masters athletes we had masters swimmers self-report (N = 169, M age = 57.4 years, 61% women) subjective successful aging, and physical, psychological, cognitive, and social functioning. Using this data we tested one hypothesized and three alternative successful aging models. The hypothesized model fit the data best (-2LL = 2052.32, AIC = 1717) with physical (β = 0.31, SE = 0.11), psychological (β = 0.25, SE = 0.11), and social (β = 1.20, SE = 0.63) functioning factors significantly loading onto a higher order successful aging latent factor. Successful aging should be conceptualized as a multidimensional phenomenon in future masters athlete research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


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