A Comparison of Lifestyle and Potential of the Older Person in Aging Society

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Nitaya Srichamnong
Anchalee Jantapo

Abstract

Objectives: The objectives of this research aim at comparing the way of life and potential of the older person in a community, Nonthaburi Province.


Methods: This study was a descriptive research. The samples were 98 elders in the community using Krejcie and Morgan sample size table and simple random sampling method. The statistics used for data analysis were percentage, arithmetic mean, standard deviation, and one - way ANOVA.


Results: The finding revealed that overall of health behaviors was in a moderate level (gif.latex?\bar{x} = 2.30, SD = 0.20), consisting of having food (gif.latex?\bar{x} = 2.30, SD = 0.20), no alcohol drinking (gif.latex?\bar{x} = 1.55, SD = 0.71), and visiting doctor regularly (gif.latex?\bar{x} = 2.35, SD = 0.22). Sleep and exercise were in a good level (gif.latex?\bar{x} = 2.56, SD = 0.51 and gif.latex?\bar{x} = 2.53, SD = 0.53, respectively). Lifestyle in moderate level were relationships with family and community. As for spiritual growth, it was in a good level (gif.latex?\bar{x} = 2.63, SD = 0.36). The potential of the older person was a moderate level (gif.latex?\bar{x} =1.84, SD = 0.35). where as the ability to using computers was in a low level (gif.latex?\bar{x} =1.38, SD = 0.53). When compared health behaviors and potentials of the older person, their basic learning skills, work, income, and health condition were not significantly different. (P> .05).


Conclusion: The lifestyle of health behavior and potential of the older person were a moderate level. Older person with different potentials found that health behaviors were not significantly different.

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