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Is cognitive functioning important for quality in aging?: A five year follow-up study of older adults  
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2015 (English)In: Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society: November 19-22, 2015, Madison, USA: The Psychonomic Society , 2015, p. 92-Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A previous cross-sectional study, based on a large scale memory data base (the Betula study), indicated that subjective experiences of memory play a more important role for the individual’s experience of well-being and happiness, than more traditional objective measures of cognitive status (Nyström, Eriksson Sörman, & Nilsson, 2014). The present study is a longitudinal five year follow-up. The same factors as in the first study were controlled for (e.g., physical health, psycho-social aspects). The results indicated that the objective measures, at baseline, did not predict future happiness or well-being, The same was evident for the subjective measures, which contradicted the cross-sectional study. Further, the longitudinal changes in both (i.e., subjective and objective) memory measures were not associated with change in happiness or well-being. To advance the understanding of factors relevant to the experience of happiness and wellbeing in elderly, the field would benefit from studies using complementary subjective cognitive measures, measures for subjective experiences of memory in longitudinal studies.

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Madison, USA: The Psychonomic Society , 2015. p. 92-
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120121OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120121DiVA, id: diva2:926594
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Psychonomic Society’s 56th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 19-22, 2015
Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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