Report Measures Life Satisfaction of Community Seniors

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 04 July 2011

One of the  nation’s largest providers of independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care is Atria Senior Living. The Louisville-based senior care company recently partnered with the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA) to assess well-being and life satisfaction among seniors residing in community/congregate living settings.

Called The Transition: Life Satisfaction & Subjective Well-Being for Residents of Senior Living Communities, this two-part study was based primarily on results in these 6 categories: life satisfaction, positive affect, negative affect, mastery of environment, purpose in life, and positive relationships.

Perhaps the most important outcome of The Transition study is the development of a standard to accurately gauge a successful transition to community living. This effective measurement is of the utmost importance as the next wave of boomers turns 65, as per Dr. Everette D. Dennis, COO and ED of the ILC. He continues: “Currently, there is no accepted industry standard in place for evaluating the key elements for ensuring a safe and emotionally healthy transition to senior living communities.”

Thanks to the Atria Senior Living study, which delved into a yet uncharted territory for research of this kind, senior care providers now have a benchmark to “determine how to best serve an aging population as they consider their options for the future.”


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