Ageing International

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 250–261 | Cite as

Social Participation of British Patients Aged Sixty Five Years and Over Living in Kyrenia: a Descriptive Study Based on a Number of Activities

  • Ozen AsutEmail author
  • Songul Vaizoglu
  • Nur Alshanableh
  • Inaam Raed
  • Osman Cihan Tuna
  • Ozgur Turk
  • Sanda Cali


The objective of this study was to assess the social participation features of mostly British patients aged ≥65 years admitted to a university hospital in Northern Cyprus. The data of this descriptive study were collected by a questionnaire, analysed by SPSS 18.0 statistical program and subjected to descriptive statistical analysis. Complete dependency in performing daily activities was expressed by 5% or less of the patients. The age group >70 years needed more assistance and the comparison of the age groups revealed a significant difference in favor of the ≤70 age group, with activities declining seriously >70. The higher the educational status, the more participants tend to perform social activities. The results show that most of the social activities decline seriously by age. University education was influential positively on level of social activities and independency. Measures to facilitate social participation of aging people are needed in Northern Cyprus.


Aging Social participation Life quality in aging Life quality and health Chronic diseases Kyrenia Northern Cyprus Education 



This is a descriptive study, giving only clues for the social participation of only 189 British people aged 65 years and over, living in Cyprus. No valid measurement scale was used for the assessment of social activities and social participation. The social participation of the participants was evaluated descriptively according to only age, sex and educational status.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

The manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors. All of the authors have contributed to the study in accordance with the guides of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Ethical Treatment of Experimental Subjects (Animal and Human)

The survey was conducted after the permission of the Deanery of the Near East University (NEU) Faculty of Medicine and the approval of the NEU Scientific Research Ethics Committee (Report dated 23.03.2017, No.2017/45, Project no: 382). The questionnaires were anonymous. All procedures performed involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committees and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Public Health DepartmentNear East UniversityNicosiaTurkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  2. 2.NicosiaCyprus
  3. 3.University of Kyrenia HospitalKyreniaCyprus

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