What is wellbeing for the elderly?

Elina Vaara, Ilkka Haapola, Marjaana Seppänen, Antti Karisto

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What is perceived as significant for well-being can vary between individuals. We addressed how older people (55-79y) emphasize the importance of various aspects of life for their personal well-being. The empirical study is based on the GOAL study from 2005. Overall, gender-differences were not pronounced, but gender and age were intertwined on what is important for well-being. The most important things for subjective well-being covered health, social relations, and surroundings of daily life. Later in life, enabling home-like environment, capability to perform preferred everyday activities and possibilities for self-expression have an exceptional value.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgeing, Wellbeing and Climate Change in the Arctic : An interdisciplinary analysis
EditorsPäivi Naskali, Marjaana Seppänen, Shahnaj Begum
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Publication date2016
Article number7
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-89190-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-70943-7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge advances in climate change research

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • Subjective well-being
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • elderly adults
  • 5142 Social policy

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