Global Perspective on Quality in Later Life

  • Fermina Rojo-PerezEmail author
  • Gloria Fernandez-Mayoralas
  • Vicente Rodriguez-Rodriguez
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Despite controversies in theory and in practice when measuring wellbeing and quality of life, there is sufficient agreement to consider these constructs to be relevant in the context of elderly people to identify factors that affect living conditions and quality of life at older-adult ages. This chapter is drawn from a wider perspective on theory and empirical research in quality of life and wellbeing. Based on the analyses of the backgrounds on quality of life throughout the literature to review the concept, domains and measurements instruments, we look into several ageing longitudinal works in order to analyze the factors that most contribute to quality of later life within a worldwide context and from a longitudinal approach. We finish with a reflection on public policy and quality of life related to old people.


Old people Population ageing Quality of life Wellbeing Analytical approaches Longitudinal studies Explaining factors Active ageing Policy Research 


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  • Fermina Rojo-Perez
    • 1
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  • Gloria Fernandez-Mayoralas
    • 1
  • Vicente Rodriguez-Rodriguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Spanish National Research Council, Centre for Human and Social SciencesInstitute of Economics, Geography and DemographyMadridSpain

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