Differences in Mental and Physical Health-related Quality of Life of Older Adults in Goa
Keywords:Goan older adults, Health-related quality of life, Mental and physical health, SF-36, Significant differences
Research Background: With a rise in population aging, there is a need for our older adults to be physically fit and mentally alert, as this affects their life’s quality. Objective: The goal of this study is to analyze significant differences in the mental and physical health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of the aged in Goa, due to various factors. Methods: A total of 500 senior citizens (aged 60 and above) residing in their private houses as well as in homes for the aged were selected using multistage sampling. The Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) helped in measuring the HRQOL of the senior adults. Calculations of means, frequencies, standard deviations, analysis of variance, and t-tests were done. Results and Conclusion: The mental health summary (Mean = 60.94) was slightly higher than the physical one (Mean = 57.12). Female older adults, who were married, had higher education, and lived in urban areas and with family members, demonstrated better mental and physical HRQOL.
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