Home and health in the third age: methodological background and descriptive findings

Kylén, Maya, Ekström, Henrik, Haak, Maria, Elmståhl, Sölve and Iwarsson, Susanne (2014) Home and health in the third age: methodological background and descriptive findings. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11 7: 7060-7080. doi:10.3390/ijerph110707060


Author Kylén, Maya
Ekström, Henrik
Haak, Maria
Elmståhl, Sölve
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Home and health in the third age: methodological background and descriptive findings
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Publication date 2014-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph110707060
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Issue 7
Start page 7060
End page 7080
Total pages 21
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher M D P I
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The understanding of the complex relationship between the home environment, well-being and daily functioning in the third age is currently weak. The aim of this paper is to present the methodological background of the Home and Health in the Third Age Study, and describe a sample of men and women in relation to their home and health situation.

Methods and Design: The study sample included 371 people aged 67–70, living in ordinary housing in the south of Sweden. Structured interviews and observations were conducted to collect data about objective and perceived aspects of home and health.

Results: The majority of the participants were in good health and had few functional limitations. Women had more functional limitations and reported more symptoms than men. Environmental barriers were found in every home investigated; the most were found in the kitchen and hygiene area. Environmental barriers were more common in multi-family than in one-family dwellings.

Discussion: This study will increase our knowledge on home and health dynamics among people in the third age. The results have potential to contribute to societal planning related to housing provision, home care and social services for senior citizens.
Keyword Activities of daily living
Aging
Housing
P-E fit
Younger old
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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