• What is quality of life?
• What is quality of life in older age?
• How can quality of life in older age be improved?
This book explores concepts of quality of life in older age in the theoretical literature and presents the views of a national sample of people aged sixty- five years or older. It offers a broad overview of the quality of life experienced by older people in Britain using a number of wide ranging indicators, including:
• Hobbies and interests
• Home and neighbourhood
• Psychological wellbeing
• Social and family relationships
The result is a fascinating book enlivened by rich data – both quantitative and qualitative – drawn from detailed surveys and interviews with almost a thousand older people.
Ageing Well is key reading for students, academics, practitioners and policy makers who are concerned with the research and practice that will help to improve quality of life for older people.
About the Author
Ann Bowling is Professor of Health Services Research at University College London. She specialises in quality of life measurement, research on ageing and equity of access to health services, and is author of best selling books on research methods and measurement including Measuring Disease, Measuring Health, and A handbook of Health Research Methods jointly with professor Shah Ebrahim (all published by OpenUP).
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Models of quality of life in older age
The study: Aims, methods, measures, sample, response rates
What adds quality to life, and what takes quality away?
Social relationships and activities
Health and functioning
Social capital: Home and neighbourhood
Financial circumstances and having enough money
Independence and freedom
Life 18 months later
Discussion: Implications for ageing well in the 21st century