The quality of life of older people aging in place: a literature review: a literature review

Patricia Vanleerberghe, Nico De Witte, Claudia Claes, Robert L Schalock, Dominique Verte

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Abstract

Purpose In order to cope with the challenges that are the result of an aging population, policies and services promote keeping elders in the community and letting them age in place rather than sending them to specialized institutions. Aging in place refers to the option where people can stay in their homes as they age. This policy option, however, poses various challenges and may also threaten the quality of life of the aging. A literature review was performed on the quality of life of older people aging in place to determine whether the actual assessment of quality of life can be used within aging in place. Methods Web of Science, PubMed, CINAHL, Sociological Abstracts and Social Science Research Network were
searched for publications on ‘‘Ag(e)ing in place’’ AND ‘‘Quality of life.’’ Results Although assessment is crucial to a policy pursuing a good quality of life, literature reveals that it is seldom performed. Only a small part of the studies report on the assessment of quality of life, including the instruments used and the results. The findings also indicate that there is no consensus on the definition of quality of life or its domains structures. Conclusion As no existing instrument assessing the quality of life of older people aging in place could be identified, such a tool should be developed, because any policy towards this growing group of people should be complemented by an evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2899-2907
Number of pages8
JournalQuality of Life Research
Volume26
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Quality of life Aging in place Older people Assessment

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