The elderly and quality of life: Current theories and measurements

Annalisa Alesii, F. Mazzarella, F. Mastrilli, M. Fini

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Abstract

The rapid evolution of biomedical knowledge and techniques has resulted in new life expectations, nourishing hope not only of adding years to life, but also quality of life (QoL) to years. The aim of the present study was to review the national and international literature concerning QoL and the elderly, and to outline the conceptual developments of QoL that have guided the research and development of different measurement instruments used for the assessment of QoL among the elderly population. From the review it emerged that the questionnaires most used to assess QoL in the research on the elderly are: the Short Form 36 (SF36), the Short Form 12 (SF12), the EuroQol (EQ5D), Life-Quality-Gerontology Centre Scale (LGC-Scale), and Quality of Life-Alzheimer's Disease (QoL-AD).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume28
Issue number3 SUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation

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