Title: Quality of Life of Elderly with Vascular Illness and the Level of Depression in 4 Barangays in Malabon, Philippines
Stream: Lifespan Health Promotion
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Marilou Angeles, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippines
Seniors or elderlies are a growing number all over the world, and they also have sicknesses like diabetes, high blood and high cholesterol. Having chronic illnesses can affect the mood of the elderlies: becoming cranky, lonely, not eating, etc. Therefore, there is a need to study the relationship of the quality of life of the elderly and their level of depression. Depression for elderly is known as vascular depression since it is tied to the vascular illnesses like high blood, high cholesterol diabetes. The study wanted to determine the relationship between quality of life and depression for those having vascular illnesses. This was done in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, for two hundred eighty seven (287) seniors ages 60 and above, in four (4) barangays, who were getting their free medicines for their vascular diseases for free at the barangay health centers, coming from the Department of Health. Two instruments were used; quality of life (CASP-19) based on needs satisfaction and patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9), which determines depression severity. Finding showed then there was a very significant negative correlation of quality of life to depression using Spearman Rho. It means that when the quality of life is high, level of depression is low or vice versa. The seniors were happy with their families and friends, can overlooked their diseases and not suffer depression.
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