Trait routinization, functional and cognitive status in older adults

Anna Zisberg, Leehu Zysberg, Heather Young, Karen Schepp

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This study examined the associations between trait routinization and functional and cognitive as well as demographic indicators. A sample of American older adults living independently in a retirement community (n = 80) were assessed regarding their functional status, cognitive status, and preference for routine. Robust associations between functional status and trait routinization were found, as well as correlations between education, age, and routinization. No association between routinization and cognitive status was found. The results suggest that trait routinization is linked with various aspects of well-being in older age. Various explanations regarding the role of trait routinization and its validity are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Aging


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