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Gerontologist. 2011 Feb;51(1):101-11. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq060. Epub 2010 Jul 22.

"I'm not going to die from the AIDS": resilience in aging with HIV disease.

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University of Washington, 1900 Commerce Street, Campus Box 358425, Tacoma, WA 98402-5825, USA. caemlet@u.washington.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Adults aging with HIV/AIDS can experience resilience in spite of the deleterious affects of the disease. This study seeks to examine the lived experiences of older adults with HIV/AIDS as it relates to strengths and resilience in dealing with this devastating disease.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with 25 adults, 50 years and older, living with HIV/AIDS. The interview transcripts were analyzed using constant comparative methodology following the tenets of adaptive theory.

RESULTS:

The majority of informants expressed experiences of resilience and strengths as related to living with HIV/AIDS. Seven major themes emerged from the analysis including self-acceptance, optimism, will to live, generativity, self-management, relational living, and independence.

IMPLICATIONS:

The research identified the importance of strengths and resilience among older adults living with HIV/AIDS. Further research is needed to explore these phenomena with larger samples. Practitioners should identify and implement methods for assessing resilience among older HIV-infected adults.

PMID:
20650948
PMCID:
PMC3018866
DOI:
10.1093/geront/gnq060
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