Resilience from the point of view of older people: 'There's still life beyond a funny knee'.

Show simple item record Wiles, Janine en Wild, Kirsten en Kerse, Ngaire en Allen, Ruth en
dc.coverage.spatial England en 2012-03-15T19:18:53Z en 2012-02 en
dc.identifier.citation Social Science and Medicine 74(3):416-424 Feb 2012 en
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536 en
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dc.description.abstract Resilience is a concept of growing interest in relation to older people and within the context of population ageing. In this paper we explore older people's understandings and experiences of resilience, drawing on interviews and participant-led focus groups with 121 older people living in two case-study communities in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Close reading of extended conversations about what characterises resilience, such as positive attitude, counting blessings or keeping busy, reveal how all of these apparently internal or personal characteristics are deeply embedded in social and physical contexts. We argue that resilience should be seen as a contextualised process which can be both individual and environmental. Older people's experiences highlight the need to consider the effectiveness of environmental community resources and social-political structures such as state-funded service availability, as well as the personal characteristics that are usually focused on when considering resilience in old age. We also argue that it is important to consider different aspects of resilience, so that a person or group might face constraints in one area, such as physical or economic wellbeing, but be strong in other areas such as social relationships or mobility. Resilience can mean acknowledging and incorporating 'vulnerability' and balancing wellbeing across a range of areas. Thus even those living with significant illness or hardship can be understood to be ageing well and indeed to be resilient. Far from using resilience as a narrow measure against which to succeed or fail, resilience is a useful concept framing how ageing well can incorporate multidimensional pathways including both vulnerability and flourishing. We must pay adequate attention to the broader physical and social contexts and scales that underpin--or undermine--individual resilience. en
dc.language eng en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Science & Medicine en
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dc.title Resilience from the point of view of older people: 'There's still life beyond a funny knee'. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.005 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 416 en
pubs.volume 74 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier en
dc.identifier.pmid 22204841 en
pubs.end-page 424 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 267509 en Medical and Health Sciences en Population Health en Epidemiology & Biostatistics en Social & Community Health en Science en Psychology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1873-5347 en
dc.identifier.pii S0277-9536(11)00715-5 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-03-16 en
pubs.dimensions-id 22204841 en

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