Similarities and differences in health-related behavior clustering among older adults in Eastern and Western countries: A latent class analysis of global aging cohorts

Jing Liao, Claire Mawditt, Shaun Scholes, Wentian Lu, Maki Umeda, Graciela Muniz Terrera, Yuantao Hao, Shannon Mejía

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Abstract

Aim: To quantify variations in health-related behaviors (HRB) clustering of older adults in Western and Eastern countries. Methods: Using six aging cohorts from the USA, England, Europe, Japan, Korea and China, latent class analysis was applied to access the clustering of smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity and social activity. Results: A total of 104 552 participants (55% women) aged ≥50 years in 2010 were included. Despite a different number of clusters identified, three consistent cluster profiles emerged: “Multiple-HRB” (ex-/never smoking, moderate drinking, frequent physical and social activity); “Inactives” (socially and physically inactive without other risk behaviors); and “(ex-)Smokers with Risk Behaviors”. Sex and cohort variations were shown. For men in Western cohorts, “Multiple-HRB” was the predominant cluster, whereas their Asian counterparts were more likely to be members of the “Smokers with risk behavior” and “Inactives” clusters. Most women, particularly those in Asian cohorts, were never smokers and non-drinkers, and most of them belonged to the socially “Inactives” cluster. Conclusions: We provide a person-centered understanding of HRB clustering of older adults over selected countries by sex, informing tailored health promotion for the target population. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2019; 19: 930–937.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)930-937
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
Volume19
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

Keywords

  • clustering
  • health-related behaviors
  • latent class analysis
  • multiple risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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