Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 2

How seniors live from an economic, health, social and emotional point of view? Multidimensional review of the quality of life of seniors in Europe

Marcela Káčerová, Jana Ondačková

Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 2, pp. 183-209 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0169

Abstract

Quality of life is an extraordinarily multidimensional term. It includes both objective and subjective factors. This article reviews the quality of life of an extremely sensitive group – people over the age of 65, based on data from the pan-European SHARE survey (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe). The survey revealed the disparities in the quality of life of seniors regarding material, health, social and emotional dimensions in 16 European countries. According to the European survey of the evaluation of the quality of life of seniors, those living in Western and Northern European countries are more satisfied with the quality of their life. Generally, it has become apparent that quality of life is interlinked with the institutional framework of the country, family support and individual approaches. Countries in Southern and Eastern Europe have lower values in individual dimensions as well as in the aggregate quality of life index.

Keywords: quality of life, senior, Europe, material, health, social and emotional dimension

Marcela Káčerová [marcela.kacerova@uniba.sk], Faculty of Natural Science, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Demogeography and Territorial Development Comenius University Mlynská dolina, Ilkovičova 6, 842 15 Bratislava: Slovakia
Jana Ondačková [jana.ondackova@land.gov.sk], Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic Dobrovičova 12, SK-812 66 Bratislava: Slovakia