Old Age and Quality of Life: An Introduction

  • Thomas Boggatz


With the world’s growing number of older persons, the process of ageing is increasingly perceived as a problem. Whereas in former times people simply grew old, there are nowadays theories about successful ageing that aim at improving quality of life in old age. Loss of health and functional decline, loss of partners and friends, and sometimes also the necessity to give up home and to move into a care facility are adversities faced by older persons. As a result, they will have to rely on the care and support by nurses and other health professionals. The care that they receive can promote their quality of life but also impair it. This depends on the extent to which both sides concur in their ideas about a successful ageing. A consensus can only be reached if nurses and other health professionals understand the perspective of older persons. The aim of this book is to describe older person’s understanding of quality of life and to examine how interventions by nurses and other healthcare professionals promote or prevent it.


Older persons Quality of life Gerotranscendence Active ageing Disengagement Person-centred care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Boggatz
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  1. 1.Faculty of Nursing SciencePhilosophical-Theological University VallendarVallendarGermany

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