Quality of life for the Aging Population
HCS - 433
University of Phoenix
How the Loss of Function Effects Independence, and Quality of life for the Aging Population Living longer can comes with a price; however, having a good support system, social relationships, and living in their own home is what can provide seniors with happiness, independence, and quality of life (QoL). For seniors to have the ability to go shopping if they wish, or continue to do hobbies they enjoy (paint, puzzles, knitting, plastic model building, ect...), or activities they enjoy (walking, sing in a choir, square dance, or social visiting). All of these things, among other, provide a positive outlook for seniors, their quality of life (QoL), and independence. Independence to seniors means they have control over their life decisions, and freedom over their own action and behavior, and not be controlled, or dependent on others for their function in life. Let us define independence and quality of life (QoL) for the aging population. Independence means the ability to live on their own, whether it is the seniors own home or an assisted living home (independent living, where personal care and support service is available if required by seniors). Quality of life (QoL) can mean different things to individuals and especially to the aging population. It can mean good health, independent, good income or pension, friends and family, social relationship, happiness, be active, safe and good living condition, opportunities for learning new things, religion, developing or making new things, and so much more. Quality of life can mean simple being able to get out of bed, enjoy a good mean, and watch your favorite program on television (Fernández-Ballesteros, 2012). Quality of life is an individual way of thinking of what life means to them, and not all are the same. For the aging population, the loss of independence and quality of life would...