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Balance in life as a prerequisite for community-dwelling older adults' sense of health and well-being after retirement: an interview-based study
Högskolan i Skövde.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
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2021 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 16, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE This study aimed to describe community-dwelling older adults’ perceptions of health and well-being in life after retirement.

METHODS This study is part of a larger project using a mixed-methods design to address lifestyles’ influence on community-dwelling older adults’ health. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 older adults in age 70 to 95 years. Data were analysed according to a phenomenographic approach.

RESULTS The results encompass four categories describing variations in community-dwelling older adults’ perceptions of health and well-being after retirement: feeling well despite illness and disease, interacting with and being useful for oneself and others, independently embracing opportunities and engaging in life, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

CONCLUSIONS The absence of illness and disease is not a clear prerequisite for a sense of health and well-being. To promote and preserve health and well-being after retirement, older adults strived for—and coached themselves to uphold—a balance in life, focusing on not burdening others. This life orientation after retirement must be acknowledged by society at large, especially from an ageist perspective, and in health and social care to preserve and promote health and well-being.

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2021. Vol. 16, no 1
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Health, lifestyle, older adults, community, life balance, retirement, well-being, qualitative, phenomenography, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, AGED 85 YEARS, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, SOCIAL-ISOLATION, LONELINESS, PREDICTOR, CONCEPTIONS, COHERENCE, MORTALITY
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The Human Perspective in Care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-26824DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2021.1984376ISI: 000706099300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85116918944OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-26824DiVA, id: diva2:1606851
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