Late-life issues

A survey of residents in a retirement-age community

Mark Floyd, Laerie Platz, Samantha L. French

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Abstract

The present study examined late-life issues. Mailed surveys were collected from 289 randomly selected older adults (average age = 70.33) living in a retirement community in Las Vegas, Nevada. Topics in the survey included writing a will, talking to family members about late-life decisions, designating a power of attorney (POA) for financial and health matters, completing advance directives or a living will, prearranging and prepaying funeral expenses, purchasing nursing home insurance, and attitudes toward death, physician-assisted suicide, and nursing homes. Results indicated that over 70% of participants in this sample had written a will, designated a POA for financial and health care decision-making, prepared advance directives, and discussed late-life issues with family. Less than 30% had prearranged and paid for their funeral or bought nursing home insurance. Late-life planning was associated with higher ratings of well-being. Ratings of nursing homes were mildly negative. Physician-assisted suicide was strongly supported as an option for the suffering associated with a terminal illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-130
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Mental Health and Aging
Volume10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Late-life issues : A survey of residents in a retirement-age community. / Floyd, Mark; Platz, Laerie; French, Samantha L.

In: Journal of Mental Health and Aging, Vol. 10, No. 2, 06.2004, p. 117-130.

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Floyd, M, Platz, L & French, SL 2004, 'Late-life issues: A survey of residents in a retirement-age community', Journal of Mental Health and Aging, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 117-130.
Floyd, Mark ; Platz, Laerie ; French, Samantha L. / Late-life issues : A survey of residents in a retirement-age community. In: Journal of Mental Health and Aging. 2004 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 117-130.
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