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Social Activity and Health: Studying Elderly Adults’ Perspective upon Social Life and Health in Northern Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The importance social activities plays in the elderly adults’ health was the focus of many different studies on social isolation and elderly adults. Yet, not so many studies tried to catch how socially active elderly adults think about the correlation between social life and health.

Methods: A qualitative methodology with inductive approach has been carried out in this study. Data was collected under a one-hour long focus group discussion in which five informants from the study population participated in. Data was then analyzed using thematic analysis.

Results: A variety of social activity for elderly adults is to be found in a small village in north Sweden. At the same time, the results show that elderly adults acknowledge the importance of social activity to health and show awareness about a well functioning social life. Nonetheless, two points emphasized a new meaning for the connection between social activity and health: food as a social activity, and, social activities keep mind alerted.

Conclusion: There is to be a remarkable awareness in elderly adults living in north Sweden about the importance of social activity for health and that a variety in social activities is to be found even in small village in the north of Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 27
Series
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2017:24
Keywords [en]
Social Activity and Health, Elderly Adults, Northern Sweden, Perspective, Social Life, Health
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141585OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141585DiVA, id: diva2:1155579
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health
Presentation
2017-05-23, Natural Sciences building, Room N280, Umeå University, Umeå, 16:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2017-11-08 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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