Impact of elderly offices on the quality of life of elderly people : to what extend do elderly offices improve the quality of elderly people above the age of 65 in Bochum from the perspective of professionals in social institutions?

Lefting, F. (2017) Impact of elderly offices on the quality of life of elderly people : to what extend do elderly offices improve the quality of elderly people above the age of 65 in Bochum from the perspective of professionals in social institutions?

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Abstract:As a reaction to demographic change European countries introduced different social reforms and policies. In the last years the focus changed towards community based social innovations, which is why this paper deals with the effects of one of these innovations, namely elderly offices, on the quality of life of elderly people. The core question is: To what extent do elderly offices improve the quality of life of elderly people above the age of 65 in Bochum? The analysis is based on a review of the academic literature, data from regional governments/municipalities and interviews with professionals working in different social organizations within the institutional structure of the city. The study focuses on the social dimension of quality of life from the professional perspective meaning the social engagement and activities of elderly adults within the context of elderly offices and its opportunities. In general higher degrees of social activities and well-functioning social networks improve the quality of life. Early conclusions indicate that elderly offices affect these dimensions and therefore also the quality of life of the elderly adults. The purpose of this research is to analyze the importance of these elderly offices within the social care structure of the city of Bochum.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71686
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