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The concept of ‘ageing well’ in ten Latin American and European countries

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 December 2009

Department of Biopsychology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.
Department of Biopsychology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.
National Elderly Network, Vilcabamba, Ecuador.
Department of Social Sciences, Catholic University of Uruguay, La Plata, Uruguay.
School of Psychology, Tessaloniki University, Greece.
School of Psychology, Tessaloniki University, Greece.
Department of Internal Medicine Pontifical, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago.
Del Valle University, Cali, Colombia.
Unit of Gerontology Research, Autonomous University of México, Mexico City.
Department of Psychology, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Faculty of Psychology, National University, Havana, Cuba.
University of Porto, Portugal.
Air Force Gerontological Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Address for correspondence: Rocío Fernández-Ballesteros, Department of Biopsychology, Autonomous University of Madrid, 28049-Madrid, Spain. E-mail:


A review of several studies examining the lay concept of successful ageing and related concepts leads to the conclusion that elders from different cultures appear to agree on most of the components identified in the literature. From the research emerges a multidimensional conceptualisation of ‘successful ageing’ that is described on the basis of physical, emotional, cognitive and social domains, and which coincides with most theoretical and empirical definitions. The main goal of the present research is to study similarities and differences between concepts of ‘successful ageing’ in several Latin American and European countries and in two different age groups, and also to examine whether a similar structure of the lay concept can be found across both continents. The results show minor differences at item levels among countries, continents and age groups, and a similar internal structure across them.

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