Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2020.1725805
Title: Achieving healthy ageing through the perspective of sense of coherence among senior-only households: a qualitative study
Authors: SEAH BETSY 
ANG NEO KIM EMILY 
ESPNES GEIR ARILD 
YANIKA KOWITLAWAKUL 
LIM JIAN YANG
WANG WENRU 
Keywords: Sense of coherence
Healthy ageing
Salutogenesis
Aged care
Community health
Issue Date: 18-Feb-2020
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: SEAH BETSY, ANG NEO KIM EMILY, ESPNES GEIR ARILD, YANIKA KOWITLAWAKUL, LIM JIAN YANG, WANG WENRU (2020-02-18). Achieving healthy ageing through the perspective of sense of coherence among senior-only households: a qualitative study. Aging & Mental Health. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2020.1725805
Abstract: Objectives: Explore perceptions towards healthy ageing through the perspective of sense of coherence among older adults residing in senior-only households. Methods: A qualitative study using focus group interviews was conducted and appreciative inquiry was adopted as a strengths-based interviewing approach. 27 older adults who either live alone or with their spouses only were involved in six focus group discussions at a community centre in Singapore. Data saturation was achieved and thematic analysis was performed to analyse the data. Results: The four emerging themes were (1) contending evolving vulnerabilities, (2) intrinsic value of health, (3) taking care of oneself is a personal responsibility, and (4) taking one day at a time: outlook towards later part of life. Older adults’ underlying pathogenic orientation towards health contributed to their perceived unpredictable confrontations with vicissitudes including illness and death. This played a part to their short outlook towards old age. Consequently, this could limit their will and abilities to seek meaningful pursuits or valued aspirations and movement towards the salutogenic health pole. Conclusion: By reframing the definition of health to pursuing and fulfilling valued accomplishments, optimal health can be achieved regardless of physical health state. This study suggested that sense of coherence towards the pursuit of healthy ageing can be addressed by reducing the unpredictability of ageing-related processes and vulnerabilities (comprehensibility), supporting active adoption of actions which promotes physical, mental and social health (manageability) and individual reflection in making sense of old age to seek motivation in living each day purposefully (meaningfulness).
Source Title: Aging & Mental Health
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/164713
ISSN: 13607863
13646915
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2020.1725805
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