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An examination of successful aging among Southern Black and White older adults

TitleAn examination of successful aging among Southern Black and White older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTroutman-Jordan, M, Nies, MA, Davis, B
JournalJ Gerontol NursJ Gerontol Nurs
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0098-9134 (Print)<br/>0098-9134 (Linking)
Accession Number23394487
KeywordsAfrican Continental Ancestry Group, Aged, Aging/ physiology, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Humans, Male, United States
AbstractResearch on successful aging in minority older adults and those from certain regions of the United States, such as the South, is lacking. It is important to learn whether disparities exist in Southern Black older adults' perceptions of successful aging compared to those of majority older adults. Thus, this study examined successful aging using focus groups to obtain a regionally and racially sensitive understanding of the phenomenon. Focus group sessions were facilitated with Southern Black and White older adults with questions on successful aging, using content analysis to interpret the findings. Four central themes were found: Connecting and Relating; Temporality; Perception and Interpretation; and Activity. Beliefs and decisions about managing oneself through life events, including health problems and disability, may have a major influence on the trajectory of progressive, chronic illness, and consequently, successful aging.
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