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Perceptions of successful aging in Black older adults

TitlePerceptions of successful aging in Black older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsTroutman, M, Nies, MA, Mavellia, H
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health ServicesJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Volume49
Pagination28-34
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number0279-3695
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2011-02383-004
Keywords*Aging, *Blacks, *Inventories, *Psychometrics, Developmental Scales & Schedules [2222], Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), perceptions of aging, Black older adults, psychometrics, Successful Aging Inventory, us
AbstractSuccessful aging is important; however, there is a lack of knowledge on how to promote successful aging in Black older adults. In this study, which examined Black older adults' perceptions of successful aging, a cross-sectional descriptive design was used to examine the psychometric properties of the Successful Aging Inventory and qualitative characteristics of successful aging in 100 Black older adults. The participants' responses to an open-ended question, "What does successful aging mean to you?" revealed relevant aspects of successful aging. Six broad categories emerged: Independence/Ability, Health, Mindset, Activity/Service, Family, and Spirituality. These categories suggest foci for potential interventions to promote successful aging in Black older adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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