Active Life Expectancy and Functional Health Transition among Filipino Older People

Grace T. Cruz, Yasuhiko Saito, Josefina N. Natividad

Abstract


The study provides a baseline information on the functional health transition
patterns of older people and computes for the Active Life Expectancy (ALE)
using a multistate life table method. Findings on ALE demonstrate that females and urban residents live longer and have a greater proportion of their
remaining life in active state compared to their counterparts. Health transition
analysis indicates a significant proportion experiencing recovery. Age, sex,
place of residence and health status/behavior indicators (self-assessed health,
drinking and exercise) display a significant influence on future health and
mortality trajectories although surprisingly, education did not show any
significant effect.

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