Health as a Quality of Life of the Elderly Person
Journal/Book: Natur- und Ganzheitsmedizin Wissenschaft und Praxis. 1990; 3/6: 194-200.
Abstract: Aging must not be understood solely as a phase of deconstruction. Moreover, old age is a particular part of life, the quality and fulfilment of which does not so much depend an organical but rather an psycho-social factors. More recent studies have proven that most of the signs of overstraining of the body are independent of age. The intellectual capacity, too, does not decrease with age; it is only the structure of intelligence that changes. The way in which a person ages depends an his whole course of life, starting from his childhood, an his individually developed personal style of living, and an socially defined roles of old age. Psychosocial aids for elderly people must aim at activation, self-help and the creation of possibilities for communication.