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Let's ask them: A national survey of definitions of quality of life and its enhancement among people aged 65 and over

Bowling, A; Gabriel, Z; Dykes, J; Dowding, LM; Evans, O; Fleissig, A; Banister, D; (2003) Let's ask them: A national survey of definitions of quality of life and its enhancement among people aged 65 and over. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, , 56 (4) 269 - 306. 10.2190/BF8G-5J8L-YTRF-6404. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Let's ask them: A national survey of definitions of quality of life and its enhancement among people aged 65 and over
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2190/BF8G-5J8L-YTRF-6404
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/BF8G-5J8L-YTRF-6404
Language: English
Keywords: ELDERLY PEOPLE, GREAT-BRITAIN, 3 SAMPLES, SATISFACTION, HEALTH, MODEL, ASSOCIATIONS, NETWORK, MORALE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1561
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