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The Effect of Volunteer Activities on the Health and Quality of Life for People of Old Age: Focusing on 4 Areas of Preparation for Old Age

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2020, 31(3), pp.81-105
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration
  • Received : October 30, 2020
  • Accepted : November 20, 2020
  • Published : November 30, 2020

Lee, Jaesoo 1 Yoonseock Lee 2

1국민연금공단
2계명대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study originated from the problem of an aging population in South Korea, which is a rapidly progressing and unprecedented phenomenon. In particular, the study aims to explore various factors that affect health and quality of life in old age. To this end, the subtypes of preparation for old age were classified into economic activity status, subjective health status, leisure activity satisfaction, and interpersonal relations satisfaction; these classifications were made by linking the subtypes to the four areas of the Act on Supporting Preparation for Later Life. In addition, the quality of life was determined by the overall measure of life satisfaction, in order to identify the relationship with the preparation for old age. The subjects of this study were 7,286 people extracted from the supplementary survey data for the 7th year(2018) of the Korean Retirement and Income Study(KReIs), and SPSS 23.0 was used for data analysis. As a result of the study, it was confirmed that 4 subtypes of preparation for old age had a significant positive(+) effect on satisfaction with life. Based on these results, preparation for old age includes policies and action plans from an integrated perspective that includes not only health and economic activities, but also social and emotional preparation for old age, such as volunteering and maintaining smooth interpersonal relations.

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