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Journal of Geriatrics
Volume 2014, Article ID 839685, 8 pages
Research Article

The Relationship between Health Promoting Behaviors and Quality of Life in Nursing Home Residents in Kayseri

1Erciyes University, H.B. Vocational School of Health, 38039 Kayseri, Turkey
2Erciyes University, H.B. Vocational School of Health and Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, School of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey

Received 16 July 2013; Revised 2 December 2013; Accepted 3 December 2013; Published 4 February 2014

Academic Editor: Martin J. Sadowski

Copyright © 2014 Vesile Şenol et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background and Aims. Healthy lifestyle behaviors are the major determinant of both prevention health and health related quality of life. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between health-promoting behaviors and quality of life of elderly individuals living in nursing homes. Methods. The study was performed between October 2008 and 2009, in the city of Kayseri in Turkey, upon 136 individuals, aged 65 and above, living in the Gazioglu Nursing Home. A sociodemographic questionnaire, Standardized Mini Mental Test, Health Promoting Lifestyle Behaviors Profile (HPLP), and WHOQOL-OLD module were used for the gathering of data. Results. The overall HPLP and quality of life (QoL) scores were and , respectively. More than half of the participants have higher points than the mean QoL scores. The HPLP scores of these subjects were significantly higher compared to those with lower points than mean QoL scores. There was a positive relationship between the overall HPLP and WHOQOL-OLD mean scores, except for the autonomy and sensorial function domains. Conclusions. The study result showed that health-promoting behaviors are positively associated with better quality of life scores in the elderly subjects living in a nursing home.