Self-respect through ability to keep fear of frailty at a distance: successful ageing from the perspective of community-dwelling older people
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Self-respect through ability to keep fear of frailty at a distance
Abstract: 

With population ageing, there is an increased interest in how to promote a good old age. A predominant concept in these discussions is successful ageing, which is mainly based on researchers' definitions. This article aims to explore successful ageing from the perspective of community-dwelling older people (24 persons aged 77-90 years). Individual open interviews were conducted and analysed according to qualitative content analysis. An overarching theme was formulated as "self-respect through ability to keep fear of frailty at a distance". This embraced the content of four categories: "having sufficient bodily resources for security and opportunities", "structures that promote security and opportunities", "feeling valuable in relation to the outside world", and "choosing gratitude instead of worries". Ageing seems to be a dynamic process rather than a static structure and might therefore be susceptible to actions. Paying attention to attitudes and treating the older person with respect, particularly with regard to worries about increasing vulnerability, can lead to better ways of promoting successful ageing.

Author(s): 
Hˆrder, Helena M.
Fr‰ndin, Kerstin
Larsson, Maria E. H.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being
Journal Abbreviation: 
Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being
Publication Date: 
3/18/2013
Publication Year: 
2013
Pages: 
20194
Volume: 
8
ISSN: 
1748-2631
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 23511089 PMCID: PMC3602434

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Helena M. Hˆrder, Kerstin Fr‰ndin and Maria E. H. Larsson. 3/18/2013. "Self-respect through ability to keep fear of frailty at a distance: successful ageing from the perspective of community-dwelling older people." International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being 8: 20194.

Wikipedia Citation

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