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Predictors and Importance of Social Aspects in Ikigai among Older Women

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Title: Predictors and Importance of Social Aspects in Ikigai among Older Women
Authors: Seko, Kazuki Browse this author
Hirano, Michiyo Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: successful aging
social activity
Issue Date: Aug-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Journal Title: International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume: 18
Issue: 16
Start Page: 8718
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18168718
Abstract: Ikigai is a unique Japanese concept that encompasses not only joy and happiness, but also the purpose and meaning of life. The purpose of this study was to explore the factors that contribute to Ikigai, an important concept in the health of older women, and to clarify the relationship between Ikigai and the enhancement of the social aspects of their health. The participants in this longitudinal study, conducted between October 2017 and February 2020, were physically healthy older women aged 65 years and above (N = 132). Physical function and social activity were used as predictors of Ikigai. In addition, willingness for new interactions was used to examine the social aspects of health. A causal model was created from these factors, and path analysis was performed. The results demonstrated that participating in numerous interpersonal activities was predictive of increased Ikigai, but physical function was not. In addition, Ikigai was found to affect the willingness for new interactions. Further, Ikigai could be related to the willingness for new interactions. To enhance the social aspects of older women's health, it is necessary to focus on Ikigai.
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