Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Quality of Life among Residents of an Active Retirement Community

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Quality of Life among Residents of an Active Retirement Community

Article excerpt

The escalation of the older adult population enhances the importance of better understanding factors that contribute to the adaptation and well-being among this population. Few empirical studies exist which combine factors that affect older adults' experiences relative to life quality on a multidimensional level. Biological changes alone are unlikely to explain dramatic variation in sustaining dimensions of human functioning with age; consequently, there is a need to identify factors beyond the biological changes that influence the potentialities of aging. Such information may be useful to expand and understand the prerequisites necessary to create conditions that will foster health and overall quality of life for our rapidly growing aging society. The purpose of the present study was to determine the extent to which quality of life is associated with selected bio-psychosocial variables. A cross-sectional research design was used to collect data from a sample of adults living in an active 55+ retirement community. The total number of participants was: N = 222, composed of n = 95 women (43%) and n = 127 men (57%). The sample ranged in age from 55 to 89 years, with a mean age of 68 years. To determine whether biological, sociological, cultural, and psychological variables could account for a significant portion of the variance in quality of life, a multiple regression was performed. All statistical procedures were performed using SAS. …

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