Happiness among community-dwelling older persons: Is it related to pain and loneliness?

Mun Yee Mimi Tse, Alex M.H. Wong, Vanessa T.C. Wan

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Abstract

Given the global increase in the aging population, it is necessary to focus on psychological well-being among older persons in addition to maintaining physical health, thus enabling them to achieve healthy aging. Method: It was an exploratory cross-sectional design. Results: A total of 78 older adults (20 males and 58 females) from four community elderly centers were invited, with a mean age of 75.22. The mean happiness score was 7.44 ± 1.91. There were no significant differences in happiness in most of the demographic data; except relationship with family members and economic resources (p< 0.05). This showed that Chinese older persons with better family relationships and greater financial stability felt happier. Also, happiness was positively correlated with life satisfaction and social network and negatively correlated with loneliness and chronic pain. Conclusion: It is important to enhance the happiness and psychological well-being of older adults and allow them to enjoy their longevity in the community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-175
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Pain Management
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Community dwelling
  • Family relationship
  • Financial stability
  • Happiness
  • Loneliness
  • Older persons
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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