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narrative gerontology

Alan Hartley, Lucie Angel, Alan Castel, André Didierjean, Lisa Geraci, Joellen Hartley, Eliot Hazeltine, Patrick Lemaire, François Maquestiaux, Eric Ruthruff, Laurence Taconnat, Catherine Thevenot, Dayna Touron
This commentary explores the relationships between the construct of successful aging and the experimental psychology of human aging-cognitive gerontology. What can or should cognitive gerontology contribute to understanding, defining, and assessing successful aging? Standards for successful aging reflect value judgments that are culturally and historically situated. Fundamentally, they address social policy; they are prescriptive. If individuals or groups are deemed to be aging successfully, then their characteristics or situations can be emulated...
January 2018: Experimental Aging Research
Margarita Mondaca, Staffan Josephsson, Arlene Katz, Lena Rosenberg
This study focuses on influence that older adults, living in nursing homes, have over everyday activities. Everyday activities are key to sustain a sense of stability, predictability, and enjoyment in the local world of people's everyday and therefore a critical dimension of the person-centeredness framework applied within gerontology. This narrative ethnographic study aimed to shed light on how influence can be situated contextually, and how it can emerge through activities as well as how it is negotiated in everyday by frail older adults living in a nursing home...
April 2018: Nursing Inquiry
Henrique Pereira, Juan Pedro Serrano, Brian de Vries, Graça Esgalhado, Rosa Marina Afonso, Samuel Monteiro
Aims and Objectives The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions toward aging among Portuguese gay and bisexual men over 60 years old. Background Despite the growth of the older population, and the increased visibility and acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in Western countries, the experience of aging in older gay and bisexual men is only beginning to be understood. Design We used a qualitative research methodology, based on critical gerontology, for establishing research questions and to identify the perspectives on the aging process in older gay and bisexual individuals...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Aging & Human Development
Charlotte Berendonk, Bodil Hansen Blix, William L Randall, Clive Baldwin, Vera Caine
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: In this article, we introduce care itself as a narrative practice. We emphasise that all interactions between care providers and older adults in long-term care settings are narrative in nature and foreground experience. BACKGROUND: Every person consists of innumerable stories based on experiences over time. Some experiences can be recalled and told as narratives, while others are inscribed into our bodies; they are embodied. These narratives shape who we are and are becoming, and influence how care providers experience and provide nursing care in long-term care settings...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Hanne Laceulle
This article aims to make a philosophical contribution to debates about meaningful sociocultural narratives about aging. It is argued that the moral-philosophical discourse of authenticity may provide valuable resources for counter narratives about later life that are capable of challenging the dominant stereotyping decline- and age-defying cultural narratives. The discussion will draw on classical and contemporary views of authenticity by Rousseau; existentialists such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger; and contemporary thinkers such as Taylor and Meyers...
May 2, 2017: Gerontologist
Eva Karlsson, Karin Zingmark, Karin Axelsson, Stefan Sävenstedt
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February 2, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Colleen McGrath, Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Jan Polgar, Marlee M Spafford, Barry Trentham
INTRODUCTION: While previous research has explored the meaning of positive aging discourses from the perspective of older adults, the perspective of older adults aging with a disability has not been studied. In fact the intersection of aging and disability has been largely underexplored in both social gerontology and disability studies. METHOD: This critical ethnography engaged ten older adults aging with vision loss in narrative interviews, participant observation sessions, and semi-structured in-depth interviews...
December 2016: Journal of Aging Studies
Heather Douglas, Andrew Georgiou, Johanna Westbrook
Objectives Social participation has generated a wealth of research in gerontology, but the concept suffers from a lack of conceptual clarity that renders it difficult to define and measure. This means that research on social participation is difficult to compare directly. The aim of the present study was to draw the literature on social participation in older adults together to inform health services researchers seeking to investigate social participation as an indicator of successful aging. Methods A narrative review of studies investigating the association between social participation and health in adults aged 65 years and older was conducted...
August 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Sarah Jen
Little research has explored the intersection of aging and sexuality. This qualitative study is informed by a life course approach and narrative gerontology methods. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 13 women age 55 and older to explore the effects of gender, aging, and living environment on past and current sexual experiences. Subthemes from each major theme are discussed, including: (a) messages about and perceived effects of gender, (b) perceived effects of aging, and (c) perceived effects of living environment...
January 2017: Journal of Women & Aging
Chiara Foà, Giovanna Artioli
UNLABELLED: Backgroud and aims: Aim of this study is contributing to an analysis of healthcare professionals' perceptions of gender differences in myocardial infarction. METHOD: For this purpose, the study examines bio-clinical and psychosocial aspects of myocardial infarction in men and women, thanks to 8 focus groups attended by healthcare professionals working at Milan Hospital (Niguarda Ca' Granda), Parma University Hospital, Catania Hospital (Ospedale Cannizzaro) and Ancona INRCA (Scientific Institute recognized in the area of Geriatrics and Gerontology)...
May 26, 2016: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Lisa M Troy, Kathryn G Kietzman
Academic researchers and clinicians have a critical role in shaping public policies to improve the health of an aging America. Policy narratives that pair personal stories with research statistics are a powerful tool to share knowledge generated in academic and clinical settings with policymakers. Effective policy narratives rely on a trustworthy and competent narrator and a compelling story that highlights the personal impact of policies under consideration and academic research that bolsters the story. Awareness of the cultural differences in the motivations, expectations, and institutional constraints of academic researchers and clinicians as information producers and U...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Paula Mara Danel
In this paper the sociocultural dimensions of residences for seniors are analyzed. The approach to the reality of these institutions has been made across assessment processes and monitoring sustained for more than 15 years in the Buenos Aires area. In this production are recreated and are reviewed the conceptual categories that form the conceptual matrix of research conducted between 2005 and 2007, comparing the experiences of supervision held between 2011 and 2015. Are worked from the idea of that the geriatric ethnography, to come to visualize the studies about what happens in geriatric residence, modes approaches, the expected body shapes, the narratives that they hegemonize senses on service users and workers...
March 2015: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
Bodil Hansen Blix, Torunn Hamran, Hans Ketil Normann
The point of departure for this article is narrative gerontology's conceptualization of life as storied and the assumption that identity development and meaning making do not cease at any age, but rather continue throughout life. We suggest that if identity construction is considered to be a lifelong project, narrative gerontology would benefit from applying analytical perspectives focused on the situated activity of narration. In this article, we apply a three-level positioning analysis to segments of interviews with two elderly Sami women concerning missed opportunities or roads not taken and, more specifically, to narrations about missed opportunities for education...
December 2015: Journal of Aging Studies
Chrystal Jaye, Beatrice Hale, Mary Butler, Roz McKechnie, Linda Robertson, Jean Simpson, June Tordoff, Jessica Young
In this article we explore the ways in which two aged residential care facilities in New Zealand construct and present themselves through the stories told by those who live and work in them. Ethnographic field notes and interviews were analysed using an immersion/crystallization method consistent with a narrative gerontology framework. Woven into residents' stories about their lives in the facility were tales of earlier lives and identities, immigration, occupations, marriage, tragedies and medical emergencies...
December 2015: Journal of Aging Studies
Stephen Neville, Bernie Kushner, Jeffery Adams
AIM: Explore the coming out narratives in a group of older gay men. METHODS: A narrative gerontological approach was employed to explore the coming out narratives of older gay men. Semi-structured digitally recorded individual interviews were undertaken with 12 gay men aged between 65 and 81 years who lived in the community. Data were analysed using a narrative data analytic process. RESULTS: Three collective narratives related to the coming out of older gay men were identified: 'early gay experiences', 'trying not to be gay' and 'acceptance'...
October 2015: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Louise D Hickman, Jane L Phillips, Phillip J Newton, Elizabeth J Halcomb, Naser Al Abed, Patricia M Davidson
BACKGROUND: A major challenge facing our health care systems internationally is managing the needs of increasing numbers of older people in hospital with chronic and complex conditions. A multidisciplinary approach is considered central to tailoring and targeting approaches to gerontological care, although this is often not realised in reality. Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is seen as gold standard, though they are not readily available in many acute settings, compounded by the requirement for time, coordination of multidisciplinary specialties, and reimbursement issues...
November 2015: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Gerdienke M Ubels
Over the years, the dominant accountability structures for eldercare in the Netherlands have conceptualized "care" in mainly quantitative terms, based on measurable outcomes and performance indicators. This article describes a two-year program that was designed to find ways for a renewed story of accountability and quality with a more "story conscious" way of engaging with the realities of both life and care. From the autoethnographical stance of the program manager, the article first provides the historical background of the program, tracing its roots in narrative gerontology...
August 2015: Journal of Aging Studies
Oddgeir Synnes
My research on the stories of palliative care patients emphasizes the heterogeneity of the types of stories they tell, including stories of illness, of everyday life, of the future, and of the past (Synnes, 2012). This article pays special attention to the prevalence of stories of past experiences in which the past is portrayed through idyllic and nostalgic interpretation. In contrast to most research on illness narratives and narrative gerontology that is preoccupied with stories of change, these stories of nostalgia are characterized by a plot where nothing in particular happens...
August 2015: Journal of Aging Studies
William Randall, Clive Baldwin, Sue McKenzie-Mohr, Elizabeth McKim, Dolores Furlong
Of increasing interest to gerontologists is resilience: the capacity for coping with the challenges of later life with openness and positivity. An overlooked factor in resilience, however, is the narrative complexity of older persons' self-accounts. The research on which this article is based is part of a larger project aimed at assessing the role of narrative interventions in strengthening the stories that older people tell about their lives. Presented here are preliminary findings from analyses conducted by our multidisciplinary team (representing gerontology, social work, nursing, dementia studies, and literary theory) on open-ended life story interviews done with 20 community-dwelling individuals (15 F, 5M; aged 65-89 years) who completed the Connor Davidson Resilience Scale...
August 2015: Journal of Aging Studies
Jeffrey A Buchanan, Duc Lai, Donald Ebel
Within the field of gerontology, several different theories have attempted to explain common psychological and social changes associated with the aging process. The Theory of Gerotranscendence is one such theory which purports that a shift in meta-perspective from a more materialistic and pragmatic view of the world to a more cosmic and transcendent one occurs as we age. Corresponding with this shift in meta-perspective, the individual exhibits certain behaviors that could be mistaken as signs of psychopathology if viewed based on the assumptions of more culturally-assimilated theories of aging...
August 2015: Journal of Aging Studies
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