Establishing and maintaining social connectivity: An understanding of the lived experiences of older adults residing in regional and rural communities

Buys, Laurie, Burton, Lorelle, Cuthill, Michael, Hogan, Anthony, Wilson, Bruce, & Baker, Douglas (2015) Establishing and maintaining social connectivity: An understanding of the lived experiences of older adults residing in regional and rural communities. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23(5), pp. 291-294.

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Abstract

  • Objective

To better understand how to plan for an ageing demographic that resides in ever-changing community typologies. Design: Semi-structured in-depth interviews.

  • Setting

Community settings in rural and regional towns in Queensland.

  • Participants

Twenty-two people aged over 65 years living in regional and rural Australia.

  • Interventions

Qualitative study of social connectedness.

  • Main outcome measure(s)

Thematic qualitative analysis.

  • Results

Formal and informal social contact, through family, friends and social groups, was found to be important to the everyday lives of the participants.

  • Conclusions

Social connections for older adults are important in maintaining independence and community engagement.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 83842
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: older adults, regional and rural community, social connectedness
DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12196
ISSN: 1440-1584
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Copyright Owner: 2015 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
Copyright Statement:

This is the accepted version of the following article: Australian Journal of Rural Health

Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 291–294, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/ajr.12196.

Deposited On: 03 May 2015 22:38
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2016 02:48

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