[Active and healthy living in old age--results from a representative survey of community-dwelling senior citizens in Hamburg]

Dapp, Ulrike; Lorentz, Ch; Laub, S; Anders, J; von Renteln-Kruse, W; Minder, Ch; Dirksen-Fischer, M (2009). [Active and healthy living in old age--results from a representative survey of community-dwelling senior citizens in Hamburg]. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 42(3), pp. 245-255. Darmstadt: Springer 10.1007/s00391-009-0040-x

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BACKGROUND: The majority of community-dwelling people 60 years and older are independent and live actively. However, there is little information about elderly persons' views on aging, health and health promotion. METHODS: Therefore, an anonymous, written questionnaire survey was performed in a representative sample of inhabitants from a section of the city of Hamburg, 60 years and older; 5 year intervals, 14 subsamples according to 7 age groups of females and males. RESULTS: Questionnaires from 950 participants (29% response) could be evaluated: mean age 71.5 years, 58% women, 34% living alone, 5% with professional healthcare needs as indicated by status according to German nursing care insurance. Senior citizens' positive attitudes towards aging and health were predominant: 69% of respondents felt young, 85% worried about loss of autonomy in old age. CONCLUSIONS: The results provide evidence indicating potential for improving health-promoting lifestyles in parts of the older population by evaluating and strengthening older persons' competencies and by considering their concerns seriously. These results provide valuable information for future plans in the public-health sector in the city of Hamburg where particular health-promoting actions for elderly persons will be considered.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Minder, Christoph Erwin

ISSN:

0948-6704

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

German

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:10

Last Modified:

19 Nov 2015 08:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00391-009-0040-x

Web of Science ID:

000267488600009

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.30617

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/30617 (FactScience: 194862)

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