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Health Despite Frailty: Exploring Influences on Frail Older Adults' Experiences of Health
Social Work Faculty Scholarship
  • Zahra Ebrahimi
  • Katarina Wilhelmson
  • Kajsa Eklund
  • Crystal Dea Moore, Skidmore College
  • Annika Jakobsson
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Keywords
  • Frail older adults; Perceptions of health,
  • Feel assured,
  • Promoting health and well-being
Disciplines
Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore and identify influences on frail older adults' experience of health. A sample of older adults, 11 men and 11 women aged 67–92, with diverse ratings of self-perceived health ranging from poor to excellent were selected through a purposeful strategic sampling of frail older adults taken from a broader sample from a quantitative study on health. In total, 22 individual qualitative interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis in which themes were developed from raw data through a systematic reading, categorization of selected text, theme development and interpretation. To feel assured and capable was the main theme, which consisted of five subthemes: managing the unpredictable body, reinforcing a positive outlook, remaining in familiar surroundings, managing everyday life, and having a sense of belonging and connection to the whole. The importance of supporting frail older adults in subjective resilience in their context is emphasized.

Published In
Geriatric Nursing
Pages
289-294
Citation Information
Zahra Ebrahimi, Katarina Wilhelmson, Kajsa Eklund, Crystal Dea Moore, et al.. "Health Despite Frailty: Exploring Influences on Frail Older Adults' Experiences of Health" Vol. 34 Iss. 4 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/crystal-moore/20/