Fenge, L.-A., Hean, S., Worswick, L., Wilkinson, C. and Fearnley, S., 2012. The impact of the economic recession on wellbeing and quality of life of older people. Health and Social Care in the Community. (In Press)
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The importance of economic wellbeing is recognized in recent UK Government policy. Older people may be particularly vulnerable to economic fluctuations as they are reliant on fixed incomes and assets which are reducing in value. Within the literature little is understood about the impact of the current economic downturn on people’s general quality of life and well being, and in particular there is little research on the financial experiences and capability of the older age group, a concern in light of the ageing UK population. This article reports a qualitative research study into the nature of older peoples’ vulnerability by exploring their perceptions of the impact of the economic recession on their wellbeing and quality of life. It explores specifically a group of older people who are not the poorest within the ageing population but who may be described as the ‘asset rich, income poor ’ group. Key themes relate to the impact of the recession on the costs of essential and non essential items and dimensions of mental, physical and social wellbeing. Implications for health and social care practice in meeting the needs of older people during times of economic recession are then explored. The paper adds to the debate by demonstrating that the recession is having adverse consequences for older people’s quality of life in terms of economic, mental and social wellbeing, although there is also evidence that some of them are equipped with certain resilience factors due to their money management and budgeting skills.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Wellbeing and Quality of Life|
|Deposited By:||Dr Sarah Hean|
|Deposited On:||24 Apr 2012 14:18|
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