Muhammed Okuyucu, Mine Pekesen Kurtça


Objective: This study aims to have information about the functional levels, physical activity levels, depression levels, and quality of life of geriatric individuals in the restrictions experienced during the pandemic period and to examine the relationship between these variables. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 116 participants whose ages ranged from 65 to 87 years (overall sample: M = 72.44, SD = 5.75) were recruited via a snowball sampling strategy to answer to an online questionnaire. The four instruments used were The Functional Independence Measurement scale, Geriatric Depression Scale, The International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form, The World Health Organization Quality of Life Module for the Elderly. Results: A significant regression model, F (3/110) = 23.16, p < 0.001, and 37% of the variance in the dependent variable (R2 adjusted = 0.37) explained by the independent variables. Accordingly, level of functional independence positively and significantly predicts quality of life, β = 0.44, t(110) = 5.43, p < 0.0001, pr2 = 0.21. Physical activity level positively and significantly predicts quality of life, β=0.2, t(110)=2.48, p = 0.015, pr2 = 0.05. Depression negatively and significantly predicts quality of life, β = -0.2, t(110) = -2.56, p = 0.012, pr2 = 0.06. Conclusion: Physical activity and functional independence levels significantly affect the quality of life positively, and depression affects the quality of life significantly negatively.


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