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Planning For Later Life: Presentation of Project-Research Findings On Health Domain
Introduction: Health is one of the key factors in the quality of life in old age, if we understand it as an interdependence of both physical and mental health. That is why health plays a key role in the process of planning life in old age and should be studied as a multidimensional concept. The purpose of this paper is to present a project-research approach to planning later life in the domain health. Methods: The research was carried out in two stages, as we first developed a methodological concept for self-assessment in planning for later life, which is useful in various domains. Then, based on the methodological concept, we developed a methodological tool for planning later life in the domain health, based on self-reflection and self-assessment. Results: The methodological concept in the domain health is six-step. The first step is intended to the presentation and selection of domains. In the second step the individual self-reflects and self-assesses the current situation in terms of importance, knowledge and satisfaction, activities, resources and accessibility in physical and mental health. In the third step the individual self-reflects and self-assesses past experience in physical and mental health. The fourth step is intended to determine the level of physical and mental health. The fifth step is three-phase, first comprising questions for physical and mental health in the future, followed by objectives with activities, performers, time and resources, and concluding with motivational statements. The last, sixth step is intended to the control of implementation and progress. Discussion and conclusions: The presented methodological framework with a six-step approach directs the individual to preparing and planning later life in the domain health, which takes into account the determinants of physical and mental health. The presented methodological framework is suitable for use as an online tool within the project.