Living Conditions and Needs of Older People (1984)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Elderly
  • Abstract

    The situation of older people in the Federal Republic of Germany. Topics: type and extent of social contacts; desire for more contacts; conversation partners and reference persons; interest in moving to a residence for older people, old people´s home or nursing home; most important reasons for the decision for such a move; possession of a telephone; frequency of telephone contacts; judgement on the efforts for old people in the city and desired improvements; neighborhood aid; sociability and feelings of loneliness; type and extent of leisure activities practiced; satisfaction with financial situation; employment; things missed from giving up employment; honorary or unpaid activities exercised; sources of income; detailed information about type and extent of monthly household expenditures as well as household income; hobbies one cannot afford; self-sufficiency with warm meals; knowledge about and interest in the meal service ´Meals on Wheels´; shopping habits with foods; judgement on one´s own manner of nutrition from a health point of view; diet food; stays at a health resort and vacation travel in the last few years; reasons for doing without vacation travel; length of vacation and destination of last vacation; media usage; judgement on personal condition of health; illnesss; preventive measures applied and judgement on them; use of medication; self-treatment or prescription; last visit to the doctor; place of residence of children; living together with children or reasons for living separately; number of one´s own living-rooms. Demography: age; sex; marital status; school education; size of household; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; respondent is person managing household. Interviewer rating: place of interview; residential area. Also encoded was: ZIP (postal) code.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-05 / 1984-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 60 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (random route procedure)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1030
Further investigations with comparable content are archived under the following ZA Study Nos.: 0653 (1972), 0914 (1974) as well as 0967 (1976/77).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1548 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22