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TITLE:

DISPARITIES IN QUALITY OF LIFE AND PROBLEMS SUFFERED BY AGED PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREAS OF ISLAMABAD AND RAWALPINDI

AUTHORS:

Dr Arjumand Yar Iqbal, Dr. Humaira Shoukat, Dr Irfan Ali Choudary

ABSTRACT:

Objective: The main purpose of this research work is to assess the troubles suffered and disparities in QOC (quality of life) between the aged people of three adjacent areas of two close big cities of Pakistan. Setting and period: This research work carried out in 3 areas around the cities of Islamabad & Rawalpindi in a period of 6 months from August 2018 to the end of February 2019. Methodology: One hundred ten people were the participants of this research work, in which fifty-five were females and fifty five were male participants. This transverse case study conducted on the population having more than sixty year of age. People having any serious abnormality and mental or physical abnormality were not the part of this research work. In this research work, we utilized the instruments of QOC created by World Health Organization which updated and mostly used methods in the research of QOC. All the participants gave their consent before the start of the research work. Information collection from all the people carried out with the help of interviews & analysis of the collected information carried out with the help of SPSS software version twenty one. Results: Fifty eight people were from sixty to sixty four year of age. Thirty nine participants were in the age group of sixty five to sixty nine year of age. Forty one people had no qualification. Sixty three participants were living in the joint family system. Forty nine participants were from the families having monthly salary of sixteen thousand to twenty five thousand while twenty participants’ families having the monthly income of twenty six to thirty five thousand. Most of the samples were depending on their offspring. Twenty four samples were facing financial problems while twenty two were the victims of loneliness. Sixty eight samples described that the attitude of their family was very friendly & courteously with them. The score of QOL for physical health, mental health, public relations & atmosphere were considerably greater in men as compare to the women. The total QOC depending upon the score of QOC was appreciably better in men samples as compared to women samples. Conclusions: The overall QOC on the basis of QOC score was best in men samples as compared to female samples. Their hectic children or family clashes & misunderstandings initiate their unhappy moments of aged life. Keywords: Sample, participants, QOC, aged, abnormality, financial, problem, adjacent.

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