How to measure Quality of Life?
How do you measure quality of life? It’s a tough question to answer and my guess is that
no two people would answer the same way. At every stage of life our priorities are different.
Those is their twenties might measure it by the next vacation they are planning or the new car they just purchased. A newly retired couple might be happy that those medical test just came back as clear and they can plan a trip to see a new grandchild.
Take that a step further and compare the priorities of someone who is struggling with mobility and independence, at any age, to someone able bodied.
Heading out to the grocery store or the mall can be more important than any vacation, car or material possession . Imagine how life would be different if you could not get out to socialize with friends have a birthday dinner with family, or had not been out of the house for sixteen years, as the result of illness or disability.
Quality of life is not about a new car, a bigger house or a trip to an exotic destination any longer.
It is about buying groceries that you choose yourself at the market, visiting friends and family whenever you feel like it. That is what happened when Carol finally got her scooter, after sixteen years of being housebound. She went to the mall, had dinner with friends and for her, that opened up a world which she had been denied access to for so long.
What do you consider important when you ask yourself how you measure quality of life?