This study will explore health and well-being in American men and women age 57-84. We propose a nationally representative in-home survey of 3,000 non-institutionalized people to describe, for the first time, distributions of physical and psychocognitive health, illness, medication use, intimacy and sexuality among older adults and to evaluate the relationships among these components of health in different sociocultural contexts. Specifically, we aim to: 1) Describe health of older community-residing Americans: A)Describe distributions of physical and psychocognitive health, social networks and capital, illness, medication use and sexuality among older adults. B) Evaluate the relationships among these components of health in different sociocultural contexts. C) Evaluate the relationship between quality of life and health behaviors among older adults, including: sexuality, physical activity; nutrition; sleep; alcohol, tobacco and other substance use. 2. Evaluate the relationship between health and older adult sexuality, focusing on: A) Physical illness and disability: arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, urinary incontinence and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS; B) Mental illness: depression, dementia, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor body-image; C) Medication use: prescription, self-medication, and alternative remedies. 3) Examine sexuality within social networks and the encompassing sociocultural context: A) Evaluate the relationship of older adult sexuality to important life stages (retirement, divorce, widowhood, and formation of new partnerships including remarriage). B) Evaluate the relationship between sexuality and social embeddedness including: sociability, independence, loneliness, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. C) Ascertain older adults' perceptions about the relationship of sexuality to health and their needs for physician-patient communication and health care services in this domain.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01AG021487-03
Application #
6940649
Study Section
Social Sciences, Nursing, Epidemiology and Methods 4 (SNEM)
Program Officer
Patmios, Georgeanne E
Project Start
2003-09-30
Project End
2008-08-31
Budget Start
2005-09-01
Budget End
2006-08-31
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2005
Total Cost
$1,931,859
Indirect Cost
Name
National Opinion Research Center
Department
Type
DUNS #
069512291
City
Chicago
State
IL
Country
United States
Zip Code
60637
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