Indicadores Sociales y Psicosociales de la Calidad de Vida de las Personas Mayores en un Municipio [Social and Psychosocial Quality of Life Indicators of Older Persons in a Municipality].
Casas, F., González, M., Coenders, G., Aymerich, M., Domingo, A. & del Valle, A.
Intervención Psicosocial, 10 (2001): 355-378.
A research about the quality of life of the older persons of a municipality starting from the analysis of perceptions, evaluations and expectations related to concrete spheres of their lives (familiar characteristics, housing, health, nearby environment, activities, needs, dependencies and persons helping them to satisfy needs) is presented.
Answers to 1988 questionnaires obtained from two representative samples of older persons living in private homes in the city have been analysed: persons over 65 years old and a specific one composed by a subsample of the general one, with persons over 75 years living alone.
Data shaping contextual indicators related to housing have been analysed. The autonomy to drive and the evaluation of one's health seem to be positive indicators to take in account while studying quality of life at these ages. Sentinel indicators of the physical and relational conditions in the family and indicators of dependency are analysed as well. The evaluations of the older persons about their own life conditions are also analysed through psychosocial indicators connected to housing, nearby environment, their activities and incomes.
The results obtained are applicable in order to improve the decision making process in social intervention programmes developed in the field of ageing aiming to take into account their perspectives.
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