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ERIC Number: EJ773486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 38
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
Let's Ask Them: A National Survey of Definitions of Quality of Life and Its Enhancement among People Aged 65 and over
Bowling, Ann; Gabriel, Zahava; Dykes, Joanna; Dowding, Lee Marriott; Evans, Olga; Fleissig, Anne; Banister, David; Sutton, Stephen
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v56 n4 p269-306 2003
This study aimed to explore older peoples' definitions of, and priorities for, a good quality of life for themselves and their peers. Nine hundred and ninety-nine people aged 65 and over, living at home in Britain, were interviewed for the study. Good social relationships were the most commonly mentioned constituent that gave respondents' lives quality (mentioned by 81 percent). Other important factors were social roles and activities, health, psychological outlook and well-being, home and neighborhood, finances, and independence. Poor health was most often mentioned as taking quality away from life (by 50 percent). Social relationships and health were judged to be the most important areas. Having health and enough money were the two most frequently mentioned things that would improve the quality of their own lives and those of their peers (though in different order of magnitude). The need for dynamic, multidimensional, and integrated models of quality of life in older age is suggested by these results. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)