Journal of Advanced Nursing

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Roger Watson; Editors: Mark Hayter, Jane Noyes, Lin Perry, Rita Pickler & Brenda Roe

Impact Factor: 1.741

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 8/108 (Nursing (Social Science)); 10/110 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2648

VI: Older People and Quality of Life


Edited by Carmen de la Cuesta Benjumea and Brenda Roe

July 2013

The World Health Organization strategy of “adding life to years” highlighted the importance of older people and their quality of life, an issue of relevance to nursing since the last century. The key papers from JAN selected for this virtual issue, span a period of the last 13 years highlighting the sustained interest of the topic. They have a common aim, to orient nurses to promote, maintain and improve older people’s quality of life. For this, some papers contribute to a better understanding of the term and its different facets or parameters; others identify and describe factors present in older people’s quality of life enabling targeted actions. Lastly, while a group of papers broaden the scope of quality of life by including old persons’ caregivers, others deepened its meaning by singling out issues entangled in experiencing a life of quality.


Facing the challenge of adapting to a life ‘alone’ in old age: the influence of losses
Marit Kirkevold, Wendy Moyle, Charlotte Wilkinson, Julienne Meyer and Solveig Hauge

Quality of life in old age described as a sense of well-being, meaning and value
Anneli Sarvimäki and Bettina Stenbock-Hult

Determinants of quality of life for older people living with a disability in the community
Kathy Murphy, Adeline Cooney, Eamon O. Shea and Dympna Casey

Social isolation in older adults: an evolutionary concept analysis
Nicholas R. Nicholson Jr.

Resident perspectives of the determinants of quality of life in residential care in Ireland
Adeline Cooney, Kathy Murphy and Eamon O’Shea

Quality of life among older grandparent caregivers: a pilot study
Meihan Lo and Yi-Hsiu Liu

The legitimacy of rest: conditions for the relief of burden in advanced dementia care-giving
Carmen De La Cuesta-Benjumea

Sense of security among people aged 65 and 75: external and inner sources of security
Lisbeth Fagerström, Yngve Gustafson, Gunborg Jakobsson, Stina Johansson and Pirkko Vartiainen

Assessing quality of life of older people with dementia: a comparison of quantitative self-report and proxy accounts
Wendy Moyle, Jenny E. Murfield, Susan G. Griffiths and Lorraine Venturato

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