Journal article

Older adults' perceptions of ageing and their health and functioning: a systematic review of observational studies

Krystal Warmoth, Mark Tarrant, Charles Abraham, Iain A Lang

Psychology, Health & Medicine | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016


Many older people perceive ageing negatively, describing it in terms of poor or declining health and functioning. These perceptions may be related to older adults' health. The aim of this review was to synthesise existing research on the relationship between older adults' perceptions of ageing and their health and functioning. A systematic search was conducted of five electronic databases (ASSIA, CINAHL, IBSS, MEDLINE and PsycINFO). Citations within identified reports were also searched. Observational studies were included if they included perceptions of ageing and health-related measures involving participants aged 60 years and older. Study selection, data extraction and quality appraisal w..

View full abstract


Awarded by National Institute for Health Research

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health in the UK.