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Quality of life for the elderly: the transport dimension

Quality of life for the elderly: the transport dimension
Quality of life for the elderly: the transport dimension
The concept of quality of life is elusive and this paper reports on a study that has tried to deconstruct the concept in order to better understand what older people say quality of life means to them. The focus here is on the transport dimension where quality of life is broken down into mobility patterns, locality and social networks. The paper first sets the scene with a summary of secondary data and it then systematically presents data from interviews carried out with 1000 older people as part of the British Office for National Statistics Omnibus Surveys in Britain under the three headings mentioned above. A substantial amount of diversity and variation is found in the data by quality of life ratings and the expectations of the respondents. It is argued that both the active (travel related) and passive (locality and social networks) elements need to be brought together so that the quality of life for the elderly can be better understood.
quality of life, elderly people, ratings
0967-070X
105 - 115
Banister, D.
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Bowling, A.
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Banister, D.
4453851e-51ce-42bf-85e1-63af82b61d10
Bowling, A.
796ca209-687f-4079-8a40-572076251936

Banister, D. and Bowling, A. (2004) Quality of life for the elderly: the transport dimension. Transport Policy, 11 (2), 105 - 115. (doi:10.1016/S0967-070X(03)00052-0).

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The concept of quality of life is elusive and this paper reports on a study that has tried to deconstruct the concept in order to better understand what older people say quality of life means to them. The focus here is on the transport dimension where quality of life is broken down into mobility patterns, locality and social networks. The paper first sets the scene with a summary of secondary data and it then systematically presents data from interviews carried out with 1000 older people as part of the British Office for National Statistics Omnibus Surveys in Britain under the three headings mentioned above. A substantial amount of diversity and variation is found in the data by quality of life ratings and the expectations of the respondents. It is argued that both the active (travel related) and passive (locality and social networks) elements need to be brought together so that the quality of life for the elderly can be better understood.

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Published date: April 2004
Keywords: quality of life, elderly people, ratings
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 334642
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/334642
ISSN: 0967-070X
PURE UUID: 19f39a6b-404c-4f7d-abfc-a44691bc7580

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Date deposited: 28 Mar 2012 13:19
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 22:09

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