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Assessment of the influence of socio-economic status on the quality of life and activities of daily living among the elderly

Akanni I. Akinyemi, Obafemi Awolowo University
Joshua Aransiola, Obafemi Awolowo University
Olusina Bamiwuye, Obafemi Awolowo University
Lanre Ikuteyijo, Obafemi Awolowo University

The study aimed at examining the influence of socio-economic status of the elderly on their well-being. Using two indicators of well-being (AMS scale and ADL), we examine wealth index differentials on self-reported assessment of well-being among 974 elderly population in Nigeria. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) examine fourteen activities which they needed to do as part of their daily lives. The Aging Male Symptoms instruments assessed self reported quality of life on a 17-variable scale to assess general well-being of the subjects. The data showed that decline in sexual feelings is more pronounced among males. Males also expressed the feelings of decline in productivity and the feelings that they have passed their peak.

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Presented in Session 56: The Wellbeing of Older People: Measurement issues