2012 Volume 2 Issue 1 Pages 5-10
The purpose of this study was to comprehensively evaluate the Quality of Life (QOL) of 161 elderly females (average age 75.0±5.7 years) community residents and examine its correlation with the time required to stand up from the floor. The time required to rise from a supine position was measured with a stopwatch. Each subject's activity capacity, subjective sense of well-being,life satisfaction, meaningfulness in life, and level of satisfaction with interpersonal relationships were assessed through interviews. A simple correlation analysis revealed that the amount of time required for the subjects to rise to their feet was significantly correlated with items measuring the activity capacity, sense of meaningfulness in life, and subjective sense of well-being. Activity capacity was the only factor extracted on multiple regression analysis showing an independent correlation with the time needed to rise from the floor. These findings suggested that elderly females requiring a shorter amount of time to stand up from a supine position had a greater capacity for activities. However, it was also found that the time required did not correlate with the QOL items of mental and psychological functions.