Influence of occupation and home environment on the wellbeing of European elders

Sharon Green, Judith Sixsmith, Synneve Dahlin Ivanoff, Andrew Sixsmith

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Abstract

ENABLE-AGE was a EU-funded project involving research teams in Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden and the UK. A main aim was to study the relationship between home and healthy ageing for very old people living alone at home. In all, 1918 older people from the five EU countries were surveyed. This article addresses results from a sub-set of in-depth interviews, conducted with 80 octogenarians in Sweden and the UK. The impact of the home environments and patterns of occupational engagement on individual wellbeing is presented. Findings indicate that occupational pursuits are diverse, and not dictated by chronological age. Social activities outside the immediate home environment are particularly valued, as is easy access to favourite local venues. Additionally, being able to leave the home to pursue chosen activities is enjoyed and nurtured. House-bound elders find their occupational satisfaction increasingly dependent upon both their own ingenuity and the accessibility of the interior home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-509
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume12
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2005

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Home
  • Occupation
  • Wellbeing

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