Characterization of different groups of elderly according to social engagement activity patterns

S. Croezen, A. Haveman-Nies, V.J. Alvarado, P. van 't Veer, C.P.G.M. de Groot

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Objective The aim of this research was to segment older people in subgroups with similar social engagement activity patterns in order to better target public health interventions. Design Cross-sectional data, collected in 2005 by Dutch community health services (response 79%), from 22026 independently living elderly aged 65 or older were used. Cluster analysis was performed to derive subgroups with common social engagement activity patterns, which were compared for their self-perceived health, mental health, physical health, and loneliness. Results Among the independently living older people, five subgroups were identified with different patterns of social engagement activities: less social engaged elderly, less social engaged caregivers, social engaged caregivers, leisure engaged elderly, and productive engaged elderly. The subgroups differed significantly in social engagement activities, socio-demographics, and health (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-781
JournalJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • audience segmentation
  • health
  • community
  • integration
  • population

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