Changes of Health Status and Institutionalization among Older Adults in China

Rong Peng, Bei Wu

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Objective: To examine rates of institutionalization of Chinese older adults aged 65+ and the impact of changes in health status on the likelihood of institutionalization. Method: Using data from the 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011 waves of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS), admission rates for each 3-year interval between waves were calculated. Logistic regression models were used to assess the changes of five health status variables as risk factors. Results: Between the first (2002-2005) and third (2008-2011) intervals, the institutionalization rate increased from 0.5% to 0.8%. Risk of institutionalization increased 70% for respondents with declining ability to perform activities of daily living, 53% for those with declining cognitive function, and 44% for those with increasing number of chronic diseases. Discussion: Development of policies and programs to improve older adults' health status is essential to delay institutionalization. Quality of workforce is also critical in meeting the care needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1223-1246
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • activities of daily living
  • cognitive function
  • health status changes
  • institutionalization
  • long-term care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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