Quality of Life Measures in the Elderly and the Role of Social Support in Elderly Chinese

  • L. Zhang
  • R. Hunter
  • C. Shao
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China has stepped into an ageing society. Factors such as it's massive population, rapidly evolving societal structure and still developing economy make China's situation unique. The elderly Chinese person faces a number of difficulties, with an ageing body and reduced physical strength on the one hand, and reduced adaptability to their social surroundings and diminishing  social support. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to evaluate the quality of life and social support in elderly Chinese people.

At present, tools for evaluating quality of life and social support in the elderly can be divided into those used in China and those used internationally, without either China or the international community taking advantage of what the other has to offer. Better understanding of these assessment tools could fundamentally enhance and improve the quality of life and social support in elderly Chinese people, and may have a wider impact on the economy and strengthen the nation.


Social Support Quality Index Elderly Person Pension System Spiritual Life 
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List of Abbreviations:


geriatric depression scale


geriatric quality of life investigation and evaluation criterion in China


generic quality of life inventory


health relative life quality scale

Katz ADL

activities of daily life

Lanton IADL

instrumental activities of daily life


life satisfaction index A


life satisfaction index B


life satisfaction index Z


life satisfaction rating scale


medical outcome study 36-item short form


Memorial University of Newfoundland Scale of Happiness


Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale


quality of life


self-rating anxiety scale


the self-esteem scale


schedule for evaluation of individual quality of life


social support rating scale


UCLA loneliness scale


World Health Organization Quality of Life Brief


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Zhang
    • 1
  • R. Hunter
    • 2
  • C. Shao
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyFourth Military Medical University of PLAShanxi ProvinceChina
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition and DieteticsKings College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Urology, Xinjing HospitalFourth Military Medical UniversityShanxi ProvinceChina

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