Role and function: aspects of quality of life of older people in rural Bangladesh

Nilsson, J., Grafström, M., Zaman, S. and Kabir, Z. N. (2005) Role and function: aspects of quality of life of older people in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Aging Studies, 19(3), pp. 363-374. (doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2004.07.006)

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The aim of this study is to explore the meaning of quality of life (QoL) for elderly people in a rural community in Bangladesh. Data were obtained through in-depth interviews with 11 elderly persons aged 63–86 years. Interview data were analysed using content analysis to determine the conceptual meaning of elderly peoples' experiences of QoL. Two major themes emerged from the data as being of utmost importance in QoL of elderly people in rural Bangladesh. These were: (i) having a role in the family and the community and (ii) being functional, both physically and economically. Results also showed that elderly people in rural Bangladesh prioritise being healthy, having a good social network, social support and a secure financial situation in order to have good QoL. This study is a step towards a better understanding of QoL experienced by the elderly people themselves in a rural Bangladeshi context.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zaman, Dr Shahaduz
Authors: Nilsson, J., Grafström, M., Zaman, S., and Kabir, Z. N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Aging Studies
ISSN (Online):1879-193X

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