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Quality Of Life And Aging

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  • Millán Calenti, José Carlos

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In recent years, particularly in developed societies, we have witnessed a spectacular advanced in the “amount” of lived years, but the same cannot be stated if we refer to the “quality” of those years, i.e. the amount of years lived free of illness or disability. The quality of life (QOL) is a multidimensional construct that will be affected by physical, psychological and social factors and we call Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) when we refer to common health components only, such as physical or clinical aspects. Old age is not the best time to enjoy health in its wider meaning, as the probability to suffer chronic and disabling diseases increases with age. Dependence is one of the most distorting factors in the welfare perception so that any action aimed to delay it will contribute to improve QOL. Other measures to be taken will be of economical or social nature. Due to the importance of subjective factors on the QOL, we should not forget that their assessment will largely depend on the person’s own perception.

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  • Millán Calenti, José Carlos, 2011. "Quality Of Life And Aging," Revista Galega de Economía, University of Santiago de Compostela. Faculty of Economics and Business., vol. 20(ex).
  • Handle: RePEc:sdo:regaec:v:20:y:2011:i:ex_5
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    Aging; Quality of life; Elderly people.;

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