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J Community Health Nurs. 2019 Apr-Jun;36(2):65-77. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2019.1582160.

Meaning in Life for Socially Frail Older Adults.

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a Department Educational Sciences , Vrije Universiteit Brussel , Brussels , Belgium.
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b Department Humanism & Philosophy , University for Humanistic Studies , Utrecht , The Netherlands.
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c Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) , Brussels , Belgium.
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d Interdisciplinary Research Group (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Hogent University College, Maastricht University, Universiteit Antwerpen, KU Leuven) , Belgium & the Netherlands.

Abstract

Being connected with others is fundamental for the experience of a meaningful life. Unfortunately, several older adults have poor networks/social support. The present study focuses on the experience of meaning in life as well as the loss of meaning for socially frail older adults. Results indicate that socially frail older adults experience meaning in life in different dimensions. The article argues that home-care organizations and prevention programs aimed at reducing frailty are encouraged to include evaluations of meaning in life. There is a need for meaningful activities in organizations that ameliorate social connectedness for community-dwelling older adults.

PMID:
30990743
DOI:
10.1080/07370016.2019.1582160
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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