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Well-being in old age: A question of both continuity and change
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Välfärd och Livslopp)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3870-6426
Skara Municipality, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Well-being and Quality of Life: Medical Perspective / [ed] Mukadder Mollaoğlu, Rijeka, Croatia: InTechOpen , 2017, 147-162 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, we are concerned with the well-being of people in old age, living at a residential care home (RCH), and how well-being can be supported in gerontological social work and care at the RCH. Based on empirical data consisting of well-being narratives with elderly residents (average age of 91), a dialogical performance analysis was undertaken about their experiences of well-being at the RCH. The findings of importance are reported through three themes: (1) childhood memories as a source of well-being, (2) family and work as a source of well-being, and (3) opportunities for the well-being of the elderly at the RCH. To be an individual with others is a phenomenon of a personal sense of self and a phenomenon of sociality. Well-being is also found in the individual’s self-renewal.

Well-being is about a sense of both individual continuity and change. Well-being is created in social situations with others (including caregivers) in daily interactions and in human contacts at the RCH. This kind of individual self-renewal is about human growth and is a human need regardless of age. Consequently, the human growth in (and despite) old age at RCH should be the main target of gerontological social work and care.

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Rijeka, Croatia: InTechOpen , 2017. 147-162 p.
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well-being, old age, residential care home, sense of self, sociality, human growth
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337418DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.68680ISBN: 978-953-51-3513-5 (print)ISBN: 978-953-51-3514-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337418DiVA: diva2:1169432
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved

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