Quality of Life: The Perspective of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

  • Thomas Boggatz


Understanding quality of life requires a person-centred approach. This chapter explores the perspective of community-dwelling older adults on quality of life. It summarizes the findings of 41 qualitative studies investigating their perspective. Quality of life can be defined as a balanced satisfaction of opposite orientations of action according to individual abilities and external circumstances. The findings of the qualitative studies revealed four complementary levels of meaning where such a balance of opposite orientations of action should be achieved: body-related orientations of action, social orientations of action, identity-related orientations of action, and development-related orientations of action. Each level has its own focus on the lived experience of older adults. Altogether, they provide a complete picture of quality of life—as it is perceived by community-dwelling older adults.


Older persons Quality of life Health Social contacts Independence Self-acceptance Dignity Purpose in life Personal growth Spirituality 


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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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