This study investigated the role of context on dependency and life satisfaction in the urban elderly. The sample consisted of 52 elderly individuals aged 65-98 years (29 women and 23 men), from three different contexts - a nursing home (n=17), a day-centre (n=18) and a semi-state hospital (n=17). Results showed a strong difference in level of both dependence and life satisfaction across each context, with those from the semi-state hospital experiencing the highest level of dependence and lowest level of life satisfaction and those from the day-centre experiencing the lowest level of dependence and highest level of life satisfaction. These findings suggest the importance of maintaining independence in the elderly where possible and the effects a particular context may have on the elderly individual's quality of life. The role of context in the care of the elderly and further research are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Irish Journal of Psychology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1999|
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