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Title: Living in your own home and being socially connected at 95 years and beyond: a qualitative study
Contributor(s): Neville, Stephen (author); Russell, Julia (author); Adams, Jeffery (author); Jackson, Debra  (author)
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1205457
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Abstract: Background: Being socially connected is linked to positively influencing older people’s ability to remain living in their own homes and has shown to support independence and enhance wellbeing. Aim: To explore how individuals aged 95 years and older living in their own home remain socially connected. Methods: Informed by a critical gerontological approach, semistructured interviews with eight women and two men aged between 96 and 100 years were undertaken. Following transcription, data were thematically analysed. Results: Three main themes illuminating social connectedness were identified: 'Keeping company: staying connected with family and friends', 'Doing things together: engaging with paid and unpaid helpers' and 'Having pride and enjoyment: continuing with hobbies and interests'. Conclusion: It is important that health professionals and social service providers recognise the importance of social connectedness, and provide a range of options to support continuing social connectedness and community engagement for older people.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Contemporary Nurse, 52(2-3), p. 258-268
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1037-6178
Field of Research (FOR): 111001 Aged Care Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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