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Senior Adults’ Perceptions of Successful Ageing: Deborah L Duah and Valerie C. Bryan

Abstract: A qualitative study examining 18 senior adults' perceptions of successful aging and the role of learning in the process of adapting to age-related changes. Findings indicated that successful aging involves engaging with others; coping with changes; and maintaining physical, mental, and financial health. Within these themes, learning emerged as an important factor in the successful aging process. Specifically, participants described learning in terms of a variety of purposes—such as a social experience, a coping strategy, and a way to have fun. Implications for the design and delivery of programs for senior adults are discussed.

Educational Gerontology

 

Publisher: 

Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

 

Issue: 

Volume 32, Number 6 / June-July 2006

 

Pages: 

423 - 445

___________________________________________________________  Through Wise Eyes: Thriving Elder Women's Perspectives on Thriving in Elder Adulthood by Beverly Hardcastle Stanford, Azusa Pacific University California, USA

Abstract: Prompted by increasing U.S. longevity and aging demographics, this phenomenological study explored what it is like for 13 women, 75–91, to thrive in elder adulthood. Through multiple interviews, projective inventories, and focus groups, 6 group patterns emerged: (a) vital involvement and service, (b) desire to learn, (c) appreciation of basic life components—family, friends, health, home, and financial security, (d) valuing honesty and responsibility, (e) positive attitude, and (f) reliance on faith. A theme of resiliency emerged from their life stories of overcoming untimely deaths of family members, World War II experiences, and serious health challenges. Aging well advice is offered.

Educational Gerontology 

Publisher: 

Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

Issue: 

Volume 32, Number 10 / November–December 2006

Pages: 

881 - 905

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Val Bissland, Strathclyde University