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Journal of Aging Studies

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610759/how-architectural-design-affords-experiences-of-freedom-in-residential-care-for-older-people
#1
Iris Van Steenwinkel, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Ann Heylighen
Human values and social issues shape visions on dwelling and care for older people, a growing number of whom live in residential care facilities. These facilities' architectural design is considered to play an important role in realizing care visions. This role, however, has received little attention in research. This article presents a case study of a residential care facility for which the architects made considerable effort to match the design with the care vision. The study offers insights into residents' and caregivers' experiences of, respectively, living and working in this facility, and the role of architectural features therein...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610758/the-everyday-food-practices-of-community-dwelling-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-lgbt-older-adults
#2
Nevin Cohen, Kristen Cribbs
Malnutrition during old age is a significant public health issue. Prevailing behavioral and structural senior malnutrition interventions have had marginal success, largely failing to reflect the realities of people's daily lives. This novel study employed Social Practice Theory (SPT) to explore the food practices of an under-researched, yet highly vulnerable, segment of the older adult population-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) seniors. Four focus groups were conducted with 31 older adult clients and volunteers at a national LGBT social service and advocacy organization...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610757/rural-pension-reform-in-china-a-critical-analysis
#3
John B Williamson, Lianquan Fang, Esteban Calvo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610756/crossing-a-line-a-narrative-of-risk-taking-by-older-women-serving-as-caregivers
#4
Jennifer L Womack, Margareta Lilja, Gunilla Isaksson
BACKGROUND: Caregiving carried out by adults for other adults is increasing around the world as the demographics of many industrialized countries shift toward an older population with escalating care needs toward the end of life. Although much has been written about caregiving, few studies document the experiences of providing care as narrated by the caregivers. AIM: To explore the everyday experiences of older adults serving as primary informal caregivers to significant others...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610755/epistemological-erasure-the-subject-of-abuse-in-the-problematization-of-elder-abuse
#5
Bridget Garnham, Lia Bryant
The academic field of literature pertaining to elder abuse emerges largely from gerontology with contributions from a variety of disciplines including geriatric medicine, nursing, public health, law, psychology, sociology and social work. This paper presents a critical review of articles drawn from this literature to identify current directions leading the development of empirical research in this field. The objective measurement of prevalence, the identification and correlation of psycho-social risk factors and practice-based research oriented to intervention and prevention are identified as privileged sites for scientific investigation...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610754/power-and-ambivalence-in-intergenerational-communication-deciding-to-institutionalize-in-shanghai
#6
Lin Chen
China's tradition of taking care of one's aging parents continues to evolve, as evidenced by the growth in nursing home residents in Shanghai. However, how these families make the decision to institutionalize remains unclear. To fill this gap, this study draws on power relations to examine communication dynamics when oldest-old and their adult children decide to institutionalize. This study used a phenomenological approach. Twelve dyads of matched elderly residents and their children participated in face-to-face, in-depth interviews (N=24)...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610753/-i-had-a-good-time-when-i-was-young-interpreting-descriptions-of-continuity-among-older-people
#7
Mary Breheny, Zoë Griffiths
Messages describing how best to age are prominent in gerontological theory, research and the media. These prescriptions for ageing may foster positive experiences in later life; however, they may also obscure the social and situated nature of expectations for ageing well. Continuity Theory proposes ageing well is achieved through continuity of activity and stability of relationships and identity over the life course. Continuity seems adaptive, yet prioritising continuity may not match the expectations, desires and realities of older people...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610752/age-ascription-as-a-resource-and-a-source-of-resistance-an-interactional-study-of-health-professionals-castings-of-patients-into-the-category-old
#8
Shirley Näslund
This case study aims to give an understanding of what actions health professionals' castings of patients into the category 'old' perform on a medical and social level as well as what actions patients' interactional management of these castings perform. Particularly, this study aims to bring to the fore the negotiability of health professionals' perspectivating age ascriptions. This is done with the conversation analytic method (CA) according to which altercasting is a mutual construction performed turn by turn and shaped by the reactions of the interlocutor who can approve, resist, or modify the identity in question...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610751/what-are-we-talking-about-constructions-of-loneliness-among-older-people-in-the-swedish-news-press
#9
Axel Agren
Loneliness among older people is an issue that engages the general public and various professions and organizations in contemporary Swedish society. One public arena where this engagement is particularly evident is within the Swedish news-press, where articles on loneliness among older people are frequently published. Loneliness is commonly perceived as significantly related to ageing and older people. In addition, the mass media is considered to have a crucial influence in shaping general perceptions of older people...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610750/understanding-the-experiences-of-racialized-older-people-through-an-intersectional-life-course-perspective
#10
Ilyan Ferrer, Amanda Grenier, Shari Brotman, Sharon Koehn
This article proposes the development of an intersectional life course perspective that is capable of exploring the links between structural inequalities and the lived experience of aging among racialized older people. Merging key concepts from intersectionality and life course perspectives, the authors suggest an analytic approach to better account for the connections between individual narratives and systems of domination that impinge upon the everyday lives of racialized older people. Our proposed intersectional life course perspective includes four dimensions: 1) identifying key events and their timing, 2) examining locally and globally linked lives, 3) exploring categories of difference and how they shape identities, 4) and assessing how processes of differentiation, and systems of domination shape the lives, agency and resistance among older people...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610749/older-widows-perspectives-on-sexuality-a-life-course-perspective
#11
Talia Kasif, Tova Band-Winterstein
BACKGROUND: Sexuality is a significant component in human experience and has an important impact on the individual's general well-being. Life course events and the social construction of sexuality lead older widows to reflect upon their sexuality. PURPOSE: To explore and describe the ways in which older widows construct and perceive their sexuality along the life course. METHOD: A phenomenological-qualitative approach was conducted. Data collection was performed through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 17 widows, between the ages of 62-91, followed by content analysis...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215758/living-autobiographically-concepts-of-aging-and-artistic-expression-in-painting-and-modern-dance
#12
Mita Banerjee, Anita Wohlmann, Ralf Dahm
This article discusses the ways in which artists have incorporated or failed to incorporate the aging process of their bodies into their art. Using Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and the French painter Claude Monet as cases in point, we explore situations in which physical changes brought about by aging compromises artists' ability to engage with their artistic medium. Connecting Monet's oeuvre and Baryshnikov's dance performances to life writing accounts, we draw on John Paul Eakin's concept of "living autobiographically": In this vein, life writing research does not only have to take into account concepts of identity as they emerge from life writing narratives, but it also needs to explore the somatic, corporeal and material dimensions of these narratives...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215757/-in-this-together-or-going-it-alone-spousal-dyad-approaches-to-alzheimer-s
#13
Ryan T Daley, Maureen K O'Connor, Steven D Shirk, Renée L Beard
Spouses provide the majority of care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The qualitative literature suggests that couples adopt one of two perspectives in their accounts of AD: a We/Us approach where couples describe experiences as a composite whole or an I/Me approach where couples describe themselves as experiencing the impact of AD separately. Little is known about how these perspectives relate to the individual characteristics of either affected party. This study investigated the experiences of dyads taking both approaches...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215756/a-critique-of-the-active-ageing-index
#14
José Manuel de São José, Virpi Timonen, Carla Alexandra Filipe Amado, Sérgio Pereira Santos
Active ageing and successful ageing are ubiquitous concepts in contemporary societies. In the European Union, active ageing is monitored and promoted chiefly by the Active Ageing Index, a policy tool in use since 2012. We acknowledge that the AAI may contribute to sensitizing people, including policymakers, to the multidimensionality and complexity of the process of "ageing well". However, we note that despite being widely used and promoted, the Active Ageing Index remains under-scrutinized. In this article, we undertake a comprehensive critical analysis of the Active Ageing Index...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215755/changing-the-culture-of-long-term-care-through-narrative-care-individual-interpersonal-and-institutional-dimensions
#15
Feliciano Villar, Rodrigo Serrat
Interest in the practice of narrative care with older adults is continuing to grow (Kenyon & Randall, 2015). Significant attention has been paid thus far to various formal interventions or programs that enhance the narrative development of individuals in later life by helping them to express and explore their unique life story. Comparatively little, however, has been paid to the many informal opportunities for practicing narrative care in long term settings that occur amidst everyday interpersonal interactions - e...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215754/-healthy-to-heaven-middle-agers-looking-ahead-in-the-context-of-wellness-consumption
#16
Veera Koskinen, Minna Ylilahti, Terhi-Anna Wilska
Concentrating on personal health and well-being has become a central objective for people living in wealthy societies. In an age of consumerism, the current health enthusiasm can be observed particularly in the fast-growing wellness industry, the popularity of which has increased, in particular, among mature consumers, a trend also evident in people's individual strategies for aging well. As it is generally assumed that aging people consume wellness mainly to delay signs of aging, this study focuses on this understudied phenomenon with the aim of deepening the profile of mature wellness consumers...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215753/preserving-personhood-the-strategies-of-men-negotiating-the-experience-of-dementia
#17
Edward Tolhurst, Bernhard Weicht
An understanding of dementia requires sensitivity to the complex breadth of factors that comprise the person's experiential and social context. This is necessary to ensure that academic and public perspectives on dementia are not subsumed under homogenising discourses that prioritise the neurodegenerative basis of the condition. Gender is one such factor of this 'social location' that must be acknowledged. Cultural standards of masculinity have particular impacts upon men with the condition, thus generating distinctive challenges...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215752/sex-after-60-you-ve-got-to-be-joking-senior-sexuality-in-comedy-film
#18
Margaret Gatling, Jane Mills, David Lindsay
Representations of the sexuality of older people have been largely absent in mainstream films until recent times. Cinema as an art form has historically denied or ignored the fact that humans are sexual beings their whole lives. In this paper critical discourse analysis is used to examine four comedy films released between 1993 and 2012 that tackle the subject of 'senior sexuality'. All four films are explicit in representing older people as sexual beings but, unlike films about young people's sexual activity, the details of sexual encounters are left to viewers' imaginations...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215751/rewriting-age-to-overcome-misaligned-age-and-gender-norms-in-later-life
#19
Jeremiah C Morelock, Jeffrey E Stokes, Sara M Moorman
In this paper we suggest that older adults undergo a misalignment between societal age norms and personal lived experience, and attempt reconciliation through discursive strategies: They rewrite how they frame chronological age as well as their subjective relations to it. Using a sample of 4041 midlife and older adults from the 2004-2006 wave of the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS II), we explore associations of age and gender with subjective age and at what age respondents felt people enter later life...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215750/organizational-capacities-for-residential-care-homes-for-the-elderly-to-provide-culturally-appropriate-end-of-life-care-for-chinese-elders-and-their-families
#20
Sui-Ting Kong, Christine Meng-Sang Fang, Vivian Weiqun Lou
Developing culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Chinese elderly and families is not an endemic challenge for Hong Kong, but that of the Western countries with a noticeable trend of rising Chinese population. The particular development of Hong Kong healthcare system, which is currently the major provider of end-of-life care, makes Hong Kong a fruitful case for understanding the confluence of the West and the East cultures in end-of-life care practices. This study therefore aims at building our best practice to enhance the capacity of residential care homes in providing culturally appropriate end-of-life care...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
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