Occupational well-being among the very old
2012 (English)In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, E-ISSN 2158-1576, Vol. 19, no 2, 115-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Limited knowledge is available on how very old people orchestrate and carry out their occupational life to achieve a sense of occupational well-being.
Study objectives: To highlight very old persons’ ways of describing and discussing their occupational engagement in relation to a sense of occupational well-being.
Methods: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 48 men and women between 90 and 98 years of age in their urban homes. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.
Results: The results show that occupational engagement in relation to the surrounding world and occupational engagement unconstrained by space and time were important in achieving occupational well-being. The surrounding world involves having contact with family, friends, and society as well as living up to a shared norm of being independent. Unconstrained by space and time includes thinking, planning and creating a narrative of life based on the past, present and future.
Limitations: The present study contributes to the body of knowledge focusing on occupational engagement and how it is linked to health through occupational well-being among older people, however; it is not known to what degree the respondents were experiencing healthy ageing.
Recommendations: Future studies should further develop the understanding of doing in relation to being among older people.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2012. Vol. 19, no 2, 115-126 p.
Quality of life, Nonagenarians, Aged 80 and over, Human activities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37869DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2011.595894OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-37869DiVA: diva2:370724