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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160220
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Importance of Variety in the Lives of Community-Dwelling Elders
Abstract:
Importance of Variety in the Lives of Community-Dwelling Elders
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2007
Author:Jansen, Debra, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Contact Address:Adult Health Nursing - P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI, 54702-4004, USA
Promoting optimal functioning and well-being for community dwelling-elders are important goals as the population ages. Achieving them may involve influencing the types and varieties of activities in which people engage. Based on the Kaplan Attention Restoration Theory, restorative activities can help promote optimal mental and daily functioning abilities and well-being. Restorative activities are leisure-like experiences that range from simply looking out windows at scenic natural views, to participating in hobbies that totally absorb and interest a person, and are associated with feelings of renewed energy, concentration, and mental clarity. Variety may be essential for or help facilitate the beneficial effects of restorative activities. In previous research, community-dwelling elders who perceived themselves as experiencing more variety on a day-to-day basis participated more frequently in restorative activities, felt like they had more mental energy, described themselves as performing better on daily tasks, and reported fewer depressive symptoms, in comparison to those who expressed experiencing less variety. Variety, however, is a concept that has not been well-defined or described in the nursing literature, although elders have emphasized its importance to their well-being. Therefore, the purposes of this study are to ascertain the meaning, importance, and benefits of variety to the lives of community-dwelling elders and to explore possible theoretical links between variety and the Kaplan Attention Restoration Theory. Thirty community-dwelling elderly men and women are being interviewed. Open-ended questions address typical day activities and their perceived benefits and the meaning and effects of variety. Close-ended items further assess perceptions of variety, health, depressive symptoms, and quality of life; correlational techniques will be used to assess relationships among these variables. Interview responses will be analyzed for themes using content analysis. Information from this study may be useful to researchers and clinicians interested in designing and testing means of promoting functioning and well-being for elders.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleImportance of Variety in the Lives of Community-Dwelling Eldersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160220-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Importance of Variety in the Lives of Community-Dwelling Elders</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Jansen, Debra, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Adult Health Nursing - P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI, 54702-4004, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Jansenda@uwec.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Promoting optimal functioning and well-being for community dwelling-elders are important goals as the population ages. Achieving them may involve influencing the types and varieties of activities in which people engage. Based on the Kaplan Attention Restoration Theory, restorative activities can help promote optimal mental and daily functioning abilities and well-being. Restorative activities are leisure-like experiences that range from simply looking out windows at scenic natural views, to participating in hobbies that totally absorb and interest a person, and are associated with feelings of renewed energy, concentration, and mental clarity. Variety may be essential for or help facilitate the beneficial effects of restorative activities. In previous research, community-dwelling elders who perceived themselves as experiencing more variety on a day-to-day basis participated more frequently in restorative activities, felt like they had more mental energy, described themselves as performing better on daily tasks, and reported fewer depressive symptoms, in comparison to those who expressed experiencing less variety. Variety, however, is a concept that has not been well-defined or described in the nursing literature, although elders have emphasized its importance to their well-being. Therefore, the purposes of this study are to ascertain the meaning, importance, and benefits of variety to the lives of community-dwelling elders and to explore possible theoretical links between variety and the Kaplan Attention Restoration Theory. Thirty community-dwelling elderly men and women are being interviewed. Open-ended questions address typical day activities and their perceived benefits and the meaning and effects of variety. Close-ended items further assess perceptions of variety, health, depressive symptoms, and quality of life; correlational techniques will be used to assess relationships among these variables. Interview responses will be analyzed for themes using content analysis. Information from this study may be useful to researchers and clinicians interested in designing and testing means of promoting functioning and well-being for elders.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:44:17Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:44:17Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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