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Quality of Life in Old Age

International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives

  • Heidrun Mollenkopf
  • Alan Walker


  • Comprehensive, covers essential components of quality of life

  • International and multidisciplinary perspectives

  • Authors are leading experts in the field

  • First volume of this kind

  • Practical and theoretical aspects


Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Understanding Quality of Life in Old Age

  3. Key Aspects of Quality of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 32-32
    2. Svein Olav Daatland, Thomas Hansen
      Pages 33-47
    3. Toni C. Antonucci, Kristine J. Ajrouch
      Pages 49-64
    4. Manuela Weidekamp-Maicher, Gerhard Naegele
      Pages 65-84
    5. Hans-Werner Wahl, Heidrun Mollenkopf, Frank Oswald, Christiane Claus
      Pages 101-122
    6. Fermina Rojo-Pérez, Gloria Fernández-Mayoralas, Vicente Rodríguez-Rodríguez, José-Manuel Rojo-Abuín
      Pages 123-150
    7. William B. Disch, Jean J. Schensul, Kim E. Radda, Julie T. Robison
      Pages 151-165
    8. Neena L. Chappell
      Pages 179-194
    9. Dorly J. H. Deeg
      Pages 195-213
    10. Marja Vaarama, Richard Pieper, Andrew Sixsmith
      Pages 215-232
  4. Conclusions and Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 234-234
    2. Heidrun Mollenkopf, Alan Walker
      Pages 235-248
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-259

About this book


This book started its life during a symposium we organised on Quality of Life in Old Age at the Fifth Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) in Frankfurt in July 2003. We are extremely grateful to Alex Michalos for sponsoring that session, encouraging us to use the symposium presentations as the basis for a book and for his support during the commissioning and editing process. We are also very grateful to the authors of this volume for the prompt delivery of their manuscripts and responses to our editorial comments. Finally our special thanks to Marg Walker for her expert and efficient preparation of the manuscript for publication. Heidrun Mollenkopf Alan Walker Heidelberg Sheffield ix SECTION I UNDERSTANDING QUALITY OF LIFE IN OLD AGE ALAN WALKER AND HEIDRUN MOLLENKOPF 1. INTERNATIONAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON QUALITY OF LIFE IN OLD AGE Conceptual issues Quality of life (QoL) is a multidimensional, holistic construct assessed from many different perspectives and by many disciplines. Moreover, the concept of QoL can be applied to practically all important domains of life. Thus, QoL research has to include social, environmental, structural, and health-related aspects, and be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. This holds even more when QoL in old age is the focus because ageing itself is a multidimensional process.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Heidrun Mollenkopf
    • 1
  • Alan Walker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social and Environmental GerontologyUniversity of HeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldUK

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