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

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Journal Article
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Contemporary Nurse, 2016, 52 (2-3), pp. 258 - 268
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2016-05-06
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© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. 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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