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- The links between health-related behaviors and life satisfaction in elderly individuals who prefer institutional living

The links between health-related behaviors and life satisfaction in elderly individuals who prefer institutional living

Serap Inal1, Feryal Subasi2, Serap M Ay3 and Osman Hayran4

1School of Physical Education and Sports, İstanbul University, 34310 Avcılar, Istanbul, Turkey

2Department of Health Education, Faculty of Health Education, Marmara University, 34865, Kartal, Istanbul, Turkey

3School of Physical Education and Sports, Marmara University, Anadolu Hisarı, Beykoz, Istanbul, Turkey

4Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Marmara University, 34668, Haydarpasa, Istanbul, Turkey


BMC Health Services Research 2007, 7:30doi:10.1186/1472-6963-7-30. Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Abstract

Background

Life satisfaction among residents of institutions is becoming an important issue in a rapidly aging population. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the links between life satisfaction and health-related behaviors amongst functionally independent elderly people who prefer institutional living in İstanbul, Turkey.

Methods

The socio-demographic characteristics, health-related behaviors, leisure-time activities and fall histories of 133 residents of an institution in Istanbul were assessed by a structured questionnaire during face-to-face interviews. A validated life-satisfaction index questionnaire (LSI-A) was completed.

Results

The mean age of the study group was 73.9 ± 8.0 (range 60–90 years). Within the group, 22.6% had never married and 14.3% had university degrees. The majority (71.4%) were in the low income bracket. The overall mean LSI-A score was 20.3 ± 5.9. Participants who declared moderate/high income levels had a significantly higher mean LSI-A score than those in the low-income bracket (p = 0.009). Multivariate analysis of the data suggested that leisure-time activities and participation in regular physical activities are significant predictors of LSI-A scores (R2: 0.112; p = 0.005 and p = 0.02, respectively).

Conclusion

The findings imply that regular physical activity and leisure-time activities are significantly related to life satisfaction among residents in institutions. Participation in physical activity and leisure-time activity programs may help to improve the life satisfaction of elderly people living in institutions.



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