Your Opinion Matters: A Cross-Sectional Study on Happiness among Older Adults in Siberia

Elena F. Frolova, Galina A. Barysheva, Ekaterina A. Taran, Fabio Casati, Giacomo Arrighini

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Abstract

The objective of this work is to explore the condition of older adults in Tomsk and in the broader context of Siberia, considering indicators of health, happiness, and life satisfaction. We conducted a survey on a convenience sample of 500 local older adults (50 years old or older, with an average age of 64) and compared results with other available studies. We found that respondents generally reports lower levels of general health, happiness, and life satisfaction than most countries included in the analysis, and that Siberia is in the group of regions and countries where older adults are less happy and less satisfied with their life than younger adults. This is mainly due to health conditions, since only 1 in 5 respondents report their own health, compared to age-mates, to be good or very good. Interestingly, we also found that being member of a community group in Tomsk is not associated to better health, happiness, or life satisfaction, but if we focus on older adults which are not just members but engaged members, we find a positive associations with our well-being indicators expected for community membership.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages217-223
Number of pages7
Volume8-10 March 2016
ISBN (Print)9780985549749
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 8 Mar 201610 Mar 2016

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period8.3.1610.3.16

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Keywords

  • Community membership
  • Health
  • Life satisfaction
  • Old adults
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Frolova, E. F., Barysheva, G. A., Taran, E. A., Casati, F., & Arrighini, G. (2016). Your Opinion Matters: A Cross-Sectional Study on Happiness among Older Adults in Siberia. In 6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016 (Vol. 8-10 March 2016, pp. 217-223). IEOM Society.