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Determinants of Quality of Life and the Need for Support for the Elderly with Good Physical and Mental Functioning

Dorota Talarska, Sławomir Tobis, Marta Kotkowiak, Magdalena Strugała, Joanna Stanisławska, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis

Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: PUB1604-1613

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.907032

Available online: 2018-03-19

Published: 2018-03-19

BACKGROUND: The ageing of population is the reason that there are various strategies developed to help seniors acquire greater independence and a better quality of life. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between the elderly peope’s need for assistance and assessed quality of life.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 100 participants who were members of a Seniors Club in Poznań, Poland. The cross-sectional study utilized the following instruments: Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL), EASY-Care Standard 2010 questionnaire, (WHO Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) questionnaire.
RESULTS: Members of the Seniors’ Club showed good functional condition. In the AMTS test, they scored near maximum values (average 9.39±0.77 points), somewhat poorer results were found in the IADL scale (average 20.92±3.96 points). In the EASY-Care questionnaire, the study participants usually required partial support in the following areas: Mental health and well-being (59%), Staying healthy (29%), Getting around (22%), and Seeing, hearing and communicating (22%). The average score on Independence was 13.13±18.51, The risk of breakdown in care scale was 4.39±3.21. The risk of falls affected 21 participants (21%). Quality of life study using WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire found that the highest scores were achieved in Psychological and Environment domains, and the lowest score in the Physical health domain.
CONCLUSIONS: Quality of life as well as level of independence, risk of falls, and need for 24-hour care were significantly affected by the following factors: urinary incontinence, difficulties in mobility outside the home, despondency, and forgetfulness.

Keywords: Activities of Daily Living, Needs Assessment, Quality of Life, Social Support