Living in your own home and being socially connected at 95 years and beyond: A qualitative study.

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Contemporary nurse, 2016, pp. 1 - 21
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Background Being socially connected is linked to positively influencing older people's ability to remain living in their own homes and has shown to support independence and enhance well-being. Aim To explore how individuals' aged 95 years and older living in their own home remain socially connected. Methods Informed by a critical gerontological approach, semi-structured interviews with eight women and two men aged between 96 and 100 years were undertaken. Following transcription data were thematically analysed. Results Three main themes illuminating social connectedness were identified: "Keeping company: staying connected with family and friends", "Doing things together: engaging with paid and unpaid helpers" and "Having pride and enjoyment: continuing with hobbies and interests". Conclusion It is important that health professionals and social service providers recognise the importance of social connectedness, and provide a range of options to support continuing social connectedness and community engagement for older people.
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