Aim: Successful aging has been discussed since the 1960s with the increase in the elderly global population. According to this model, successful aging has three fundamental components. These components are a low risk of disease and disability regarding the disease, high capacity of cognitive and physical functionality and active engagement with life. There are various approaches regarding successful aging, measurement of successful aging levels and relevant factors. This study was conducted to evaluate the successful aging levels of nursing home residents.
Method: This descriptive study was conducted based on Rowe and Kahn’s model. The following was used to obtain data from the participants; Personal Well-Being Index Adult Form, Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living, Standardized Mini Mental State Examination, Social Connectedness Scale, Timed Up and Go Test, Berg Balance Scale and Handgrip Strength Test.
Results: Participants’ mean scores of Personal Well-Being Index Adult Form, Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living, Standardized Mini Mental State Examination, Social Connectedness Scale, Timed Up and Go Test, Berg Balance Scale were found to be 51.68±18.60, 5.53±1.38, 23.57±3.02, 25.23±8.89, 16.10±8.81 and 43.48±17.23, respectively.
Discussion: Participants had chronic disease incidence and diabetes, adversely affected successful aging and physical functionality, respectively. Participants also had the following characteristics: vulnerable cognitive functionality, high fall risk, above average personal well-being that may positively affect aging in terms of life engagement, and social connectedness.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Successful Aging, Aging, Nursing Home, Functionality