SPHERU authors Rural Senior entry for comprehensive reference
May 12, 2014
The Healthy Aging in Place team recently has a section published in a comprehensive new collection on quality of life and well-being.
The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being is more than 7,300 pages long in twelve volumes and was published earlier this year by Springer.
SPHERU’s Bonnie Jeffery, Juanita Bacsu, Sylvia Abonyi, Shanthi Johnson, Diane Martz and Nuelle Novik authored the research unit’s contribution, the entry for “Rural Seniors.”
The entry focuses on rural seniors and highlights key determinants to supporting healthy aging in rural communities, ranging from housing to public transportation. In discussing rural healthy aging, the authors emphasize the need to address diversity amongst rural seniors based on individual and community-level characteristics. (Jeffery, B., Bacsu, J., Abonyi, S., Johnson, S., Martz, D., & Novik, N. (2014). Rural seniors. In: Michalos AC (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 5618-5621.)
The Encyclopedia is described as the first comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life and well-being. It covers the subject of quality of life from a multidisciplinary perspective and includes the behavioral and social sciences as well as health and healthcare
The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life, including health-related quality of life research or also called patient-reported outcomes research. The entries in the Encyclopedia are organized alphabetically and cover, among other things, basic concepts, theories, methods, standardized tests, biographical entries, indicators and indexes of qualities of individuals and of communities of all sizes.
The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being was edited by Alex Michalos, who currently serves as an adjunct professor of philosophy at Brandon University. He is also the Director of Research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and emeritus professor in political science at his former institution, the University of Northern British Columbia.