The links between health-related behaviours and life satisfaction in elderly individuals

October 2017

Nursing

Country of origin: Turkey

The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the links between life satisfaction and health-related behaviours amongst functionally independent elderly people who prefer institutional living in Ýstanbul, Turkey.

The socio-demographic characteristics, health-related behaviours, 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.

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 programmes may help to improve the life satisfaction of elderly people living in institutions.

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