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A quantitative analysis of self-rated health and occupational aspects of community-dwelling older adults

Lowis, M. J., Knight, J. and Ball, V. (2010) A quantitative analysis of self-rated health and occupational aspects of community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Occupational Science. 17(1), pp. 20-26. 1442-7591.

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Abstract: This study investigated relationships between self-rated health and variables concerning pre-retirement occupation, type of dwelling, and religious involvement in community-domiciled older adults. Data were collected from 230 men and women, aged 60 and over, using a modified version of the Occupational Performance History Interview. Significant outcomes included an inverse relationship between self-rated health and age, a higher health rating for house (i.e. multi storey) compared with bungalow dwellers, and a positive relationship between health and approximate seniority of preretirement occupation. Additionally, the analyses revealed that significantly more women than men reported involvement with religion. These findings add to the data previously obtained on productivity and leisure occupations. As the population of retirees increases, it is important that those involved in the care of older adults, as well as older people themselves, have as much information as possible to ensure that life in senescence is rewarding, productive, and satisfying.
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM735 Occupational therapy
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC952 Geriatrics
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1060 Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement
Creators: Lowis, Michael J, Knight, Judith and Ball, Veronica
Publisher: University of South Australia, School of Occupational Therapy
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
Date: April 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 20-26
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Occupational Science
Volume: 17
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1442-7591
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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