Life satisfaction among elders in senior residences: A pilot study

Tracy Chippendale, Mark Hardison, Tess Guttadauro, Diana Goodman, Caroline Flint, Sophie Billings

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Objective: This pilot study investigated predictors of life satisfaction among elders residing in senior residences with a focus on feeling valued and important (FVI), a seldom-studied predictor that has the potential for late-life changes through occupational therapy intervention. Method: Using existing data from an intervention study (N = 47), simultaneous multiple regression analysis was employed. Results: The regression model, which included predictors of self-rated health, education level, and FVI, was significant F(3,43) = 21.16, p < 0.001. Further, FVI was a stronger predictor of life satisfaction than the well-established predictor of self-rated health. Conclusion: FVI is a significant predictor of life satisfaction in older adults residing in senior residences. Practice implications include promoting participation in occupations that provide the opportunity for meaningful contributions to family and society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-20
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Life satisfaction
  • Senior residences
  • Social support
  • older adults
  • geriatrics
  • senior residents
  • elders
  • elderly populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Occupational Therapy


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