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Mapping the perceived self-reliance of older adults

Noppers, M.N (2019) Mapping the perceived self-reliance of older adults.

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Abstract:In the Netherlands the percentage of older adults increases. Older adults need to live self-reliantly at home for a longer time in modern day society. This research, maps the perceived self-reliance of older adults in daily life and their perceived self-reliance during emergency situations, in which they need to evacuate their home. It also focuses on why they perceive their self-reliance the way they do. This was examined by interviewing 20 participants on topics regarding their general self-reliance, physical self-reliance, social self-reliance, evacuation safety and their preferred communication tools. In this research the target group “older adults”, consist of adults of 70 years and older. The transcribed interviews were coded. Based on the codes the research question(s) were answered. The results showed that overall, older adults perceive themselves as self-reliant. At the same time, several participants perceived physical limitations. Older adults have the intention to remain self-reliant but their definition of self-reliance may not be what health care professional perceive as self-reliant. Older adults may associate their self-reliance not only with their physical health but mainly with whether they are capable of taking care of themselves, even if this means they need help from others to stay self-reliant.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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