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Is a simple happiness question a reliable indicator of successful ageing?


Happiness is an indicator of overall subjective well-being which has variously been described as increasing over the lifespan1,2 or declining with advancing age3. Happiness may be a reliable and simple indicator of what is variously described as successful, healthy, active or productive ageing. In late adulthood, happiness has been associated with a range of demographic, health related and psychosocial factors, but with conflicting results. We aim to explore factors associated with happiness in older women both cross-sectionally and longitudinally.