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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

Print version ISSN 1413-8123On-line version ISSN 1678-4561

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PAIVA, Nuno Marques de; DANIEL, Fernanda; SILVA, Alexandre Gomes da  and  VICENTE, Henrique Testa. Age-friendly Coimbra city, Portugal, perception and quality of life in a sample of elderly persons. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2019, vol.24, n.4, pp.1473-1482.  Epub May 02, 2019. ISSN 1678-4561.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232018244.08902017.

The “Age-Friendly Cities” project was developed by the World Health Organization to address two contemporary issues of increasing relevance: urbanization and demographic ageing. The Checklist of Essential Features of Age-Friendly Cities that stemmed from this project is a tool designed for a city’s self-assessment, comprising eight dimensions of urban living associated with active ageing. This study aims to adapt the Checklist as a quantitative assessment tool, evaluate the level of Coimbra’s “Age-Friendliness” and analyze the relation between the Checklists’ eight dimensions and quality of life (QoL). A personal data questionnaire, the adapted Checklist and WHOQOL-Bref were applied to a non-probabilistic sample of 215 elderly Coimbra dwellers aged between 60 and 90 years old. The adapted Checklist evidenced good psychometric properties, although it was perceived by the respondents as difficult to complete. “Community and Health Services” and “Social Participation” obtained the highest satisfaction rates; “Housing” and “Civic Participation and Employment” the lowest; “Community and Health Services” and “Housing” had the strongest correlations with QoL, flagging important areas of improvement.

Keywords : Coimbra; Quality of life; Age-friendly city; Active ageing.

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