Journal article

Successful aging and lifestyle comparison of Greeks living in Greece and abroad: the epidemiological Mediterranean Islands Study (MEDIS)

Anastasia Papadimitriou, Alexandra Foscolou, Catherine Itsiopoulos, Antonia Thodis, Antigone Kouris-Blazos, Laima Brazionis, Amalia C Sidossis, Evangelos A Polychronopoulos, Peter Kokkinos, Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Labros S Sidossis

ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Comparing lifestyle and successful aging between Greeks living in Greece (GG) and Greeks living abroad (GA) using a multidimensional model of successful aging including both biomedical and non-medical components. METHODS: Anthropometric, clinical, psychological, socio-demographic, dietary and lifestyle parameters were assessed in a random sample of 252 GG and 252 GA. Successful aging was evaluated using the validated successful aging index (SAI range 0-10). RESULTS: GA had better financial and educational status and scored higher in all social activity parameters (p's < 0.05). GA were more likely to be physically active (p < 0.001), had higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet ..

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