Establishing and maintaining social connectivity: an understanding of the lived experiences of older adults residing in regional and rural communities

Buys, Laurie and Burton, Lorelle and Cuthill, Michael and Hogan, Anthony and Wilson, Bruce and Baker, Douglas (2015) Establishing and maintaining social connectivity: an understanding of the lived experiences of older adults residing in regional and rural communities. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23 (5). pp. 291-294. ISSN 1038-5282

Abstract

Objective: To better understand how to plan for an ageing demographic that resides in ever-changing community typologies.

Design: Semi-structured in-depth interviews.

Setting: Community settings in rural and regional towns in Queensland.

Participants: Twenty-two people aged over 65 years living in regional and rural Australia.

Interventions: Qualitative study of social connectedness.

Main outcome measure(s): Thematic qualitative analysis.

Results: Formal and informal social contact, through family, friends and social groups, was found to be important to the everyday lives of the participants.
Conclusions: Social connections for older adults are important in maintaining independence and community engagement.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 23:52
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2016 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: older adult; regional and rural community; social connectedness
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12196
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28446

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