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The oldest old: patterns of adjustment and life experiences
Department of Geriatric and Long-term Care Medicine, Gothenburg University.
Department of Geriatric and Long-term Care Medicine, Gothenburg University.
Department of Educational Research, Gothenburg University.
1991 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 203-210Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A qualitative method was used to study the life experiences and the adjustment to very old age of a non-institutionalized population of 129 85-year-olds living in Gothenburg, Sweden. In-depth interviews were analyzed and categorized and seven patterns of adjustment emerged: Self-Realizing, Mature Aging, Adapting, Dependent, Resignedly Accepting, Despairing and Withdrawing. Additionally, a coping strategy—ritualization of time and occupations—was revealed in the interviews. These results reflect the heterogeneity among this age group and indicate that the subjective reality should be seriously considered both in further research and in the care of the elderly.

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1991. Vol. 5, no 4, p. 203-210
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Elderly, heterogeneity, qualitative method, everyday life, life review
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Nursing Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-6489DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.1991.tb00109.xPubMedID: 1767144OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-6489DiVA, id: diva2:305203
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