Resilience in Rural Community-dwelling Older Adults

Resilience in Rural Community-dwelling Older Adults

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The life expectancy in the United States is lengthening and there is a greater number of older adults aged 65 years and over. Older adults generally have more healthcare needs and there is a corresponding need to identify factors that assist older adults to age with less difficulty. Rural community-dwelling older adults often face unique challenges such as limited access to healthcare resources. High levels of resilience may be one factor that helps rural older adults adjust to the hardships associated with increasing age. The purposes of this study were to seek the level of resilience of rural community-dwelling older adults and to determine if socio-demographic factors, social networks, and health status are associated with resilience.Social networks were found to be associated with resilience in multiple studies ( Adams et al., 2004; Beardslee, 1989; Easley aamp; Schaller, 2003; Felten, 2000; Garmezy, ... Several studies in the literature found a relationship between physical health status and resilience (Adams et al., 2004; Cummins et al. ... Werner (1989) primarily measured health status by the number of self-reported health problems.

Title:Resilience in Rural Community-dwelling Older Adults
Author:Wells. Margaret Mary
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007


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