HEALTH AGEING AND QUALITY OF LIFE

The figures about the state of health and competence of the elders of the North of Portugal are presented. The importance of health for the elders and the impact of health on quality of life and successful ageing are discussed. The salutogenesis theory of Antonovsky is briefly resumed as well as its interest for research on the influence of psychological and social variables on physical health. The state of art of the investigation made on the scope of this model is discussed. Difficulties to establish a causal model relating health outcomes and psychosocial characteristics of individuals are explained and cues for future research are given.


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