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Understanding Well-being as a Means of Empowering Older people. Phil Noone Programme Director Lecturer NUIG. Introduction.
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Programme Director Lecturer NUIG
Aim: To gain understanding of how older people experience well-being in their own social contexts
Sample: 23 older people, purposeful sample, who live in a community setting
Date Collection: Semi-structured interviews
Analysis: Thematic analysis
Well-being emerged as
A strong connectedness to place was evident which strongly influenced feelings of well-being
BORN, BRED AND REARED HERE
“I was bred, born and reared here and I’d be going along the road and I’d be watching the lambeen’s to come of the fields”
“I like to sit outside the dark in the frost and I love the stars.. Power of nature…marvellous, marvellous..
BACK AND ORE
Family, social roles and relationships played a big part in well-being for older people
NEEDING EACH OTHER
SENSE OF DUTY
Most frequently demonstrated in accounts of determination to live and ability to adapt to changing circumstances
“don’t pity yourself”
“but you have to get on with it”
“I’d say its up to the people themselves”
“it means everything to me to be able to get up in the morning and go out there”
Being empowered to:
Empowerment and disempowerment co-existing together within well-being
“and when there’s a bank holiday there’s no centre.. I don’t like Saturday and Sunday any more cause there’s no activity or nothing gong on.. Long boring days and I like it when the week starts again .. I hate bank holidays its like everything else the cycle going around and everything going around in a circle.. And I live from Thursday to Monday and Monday to Thursday..”P13.11.
Antonovsky (1979) Sense of Coherence:
Unraveling the concept of well-being and incorporating empowerment strategies within Antonovsky’s framework, has the potential to enable older people to increase control over their own lives, their health and well-being.
“Man does not cease to play because
he grows old, man grows old
because he ceases to play”
George Bernard Shaw