Factors affecting psychological stress of elderly in urban Bangladesh Factors affecting psychological stress of elderly in urban Bangladesh

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Dr. Md. Taj Uddin

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The aim of the study is to assess the psychological stress of urban elderly living in the Sylhet district, Bangladesh. A total of 390 urban aged people have been interviewed from February 2016 to April 2016 through a structured questionnaire. Basic statistical tools, along with logistic regression model, have been applied for analysis. It is found that 58.2% of the elderly are suffering from psychological stress. From the logistic regression analysis, it is observed that sex, religion, age, income, blood pressure, physical exercise, and sleeping pattern are significant factors associated with the psychological stress of the elderly. Non-Muslim’s elderly are suffering more than that of a Muslim counterpart. Females are more prone to psychological stress than male. Poor elderly are suffering more than middle- and high-income elderly. Oldest elderly are more suffering than the young elderly. Therefore, measures should be taken to create awareness among the elderly populations about psychological stress.

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