Ways in which 'community' benefits frail older women's well-being : '... we are much happier when we feel we belong'

Learmonth, Emily, Taket, Ann and Hanna, Lisa 2012, Ways in which 'community' benefits frail older women's well-being : '... we are much happier when we feel we belong', Australasian journal on ageing, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 60-63.

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Title Ways in which 'community' benefits frail older women's well-being : '... we are much happier when we feel we belong'
Author(s) Learmonth, Emily
Taket, Ann
Hanna, Lisa
Journal name Australasian journal on ageing
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 60
End page 63
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Keyword(s) older people
social isolation
social support
woman
Summary Aim: This paper aims to explore frail older women’s lived experiences of ‘community’ and which aspects of ‘community’ they perceive as beneficial to their well-being.

Method: This qualitative project used a mixed methodological approach which integrated aspects of descriptive phenomenology and grounded theory. Ten frail, older women residing in South East Melbourne, Australia participated in in-depth interviews.

Results: This research obtained a rich and detailed account of the aspects of ‘community’ identified by participants as enhancing their well-being. These included: social contact, community dynamics, feelings of support and positive orientation.

Conclusion: This paper has increased our understanding of the factors supporting well-being of frail older women. Service providers should actively consider how they can strengthen these factors to improve social connectedness for frail older women by the use of volunteers, developing social networks and increasing availability and quality of community-based activities.
Notes Article first published online 25 July 2011
Language eng
Field of Research 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio Economic Objective 920413 Social Structure and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041068

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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