‘Over 50% of Dutch people age fairly ‘succesfully’

The likelihood of succesfully growing old in the Netherlands is above average. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by scientist Almar Kok. Over a period of 16 years, Kok followed a large group of people aged 55 and over in their aging process.

05/06/2019 | 12:27 PM

Kok mapped the aging process of 2185 participants based on nine categories that assessed physical, mental and social functioning. More than half of the study respondents showed a favourable aging process in at least six out of the nine categories. Less successful aging was related to a lower educational level, a lower professional level as well as a lower level of income.

The study also disclosed that a large group of elderly people in lower socio-economic conditions nevertheless successfully aged. Kok identifies these people as "resilient". This resilient group was more physically active and also more often had a partner. More on this research can be found in DARE.