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NCSS: Understanding the Quality of Life of Seniors

04 Mar 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines 'quality of life' as "an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns." The NCSS study focuses on the perception of seniors on their quality of life, honing in specifically on six domains - physical, level of independence, social relationships, environmental, psychological and personal beliefs. 

The study found meaningful differences between the perceived quality of life of pre-seniors (50 - 64 years old) and seniors, and the perceived quality of life score is exacerbated if the individual has complex needs (such as having a disability).