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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163373
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Experiences of Independent Retirees: A Grounded Theory Study
Author(s):
Beitz, Janice M.; Goldberg, Earl J.
Author Details:
Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CWOCN, Associate Professor, Lasalle University School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: beitz@lasalle.edu; Earl Goldberg
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore new theoretical explanations of the daily lifestyles of retired older adults extending beyond extant activity and continuity theories. Background: People are living longer and are experiencing retirement for many more years than previously. Surprisingly, little new theory or research have addressed the phenomenon of the longer retirement experience. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Using qualitative approaches and theoretical, purposive sampling, 16 older adults who live active and healthy lifestyles were interviewed. Interviews were conducted in continuing care retirement communities and other similar residential facilities. Interviews and field notes were analyzed using grounded theory methodology to derive new theoretical explanations from the participants' social processes. All participants and their narratives were anonymously coded for ethical protection. Codes and coded variables were compared to the current literature in social gerontology. Results: A core process of health transition was identified with six major categories grounded in the data. Healthy retirement had two clearly described phases (early wellness/later sickness and deterioration) with six major issues marking the transition: losing health, losing the spouse's health, losing the spouse, high activity, losing activity, and financial concerns. The findings were shared with notable gerontology experts for feedback. Conclusions and Implications: The retirement experience is characterized by two phases with common major issues. Implications for gerontological care-giving and planning for one's own retirement are posed.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
18th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Description:
�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Experiences of Independent Retirees: A Grounded Theory Studyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBeitz, Janice M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGoldberg, Earl J.en_US
dc.author.detailsJanice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CWOCN, Associate Professor, Lasalle University School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: beitz@lasalle.edu; Earl Goldbergen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163373-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this study was to explore new theoretical explanations of the daily lifestyles of retired older adults extending beyond extant activity and continuity theories. Background: People are living longer and are experiencing retirement for many more years than previously. Surprisingly, little new theory or research have addressed the phenomenon of the longer retirement experience. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Using qualitative approaches and theoretical, purposive sampling, 16 older adults who live active and healthy lifestyles were interviewed. Interviews were conducted in continuing care retirement communities and other similar residential facilities. Interviews and field notes were analyzed using grounded theory methodology to derive new theoretical explanations from the participants' social processes. All participants and their narratives were anonymously coded for ethical protection. Codes and coded variables were compared to the current literature in social gerontology. Results: A core process of health transition was identified with six major categories grounded in the data. Healthy retirement had two clearly described phases (early wellness/later sickness and deterioration) with six major issues marking the transition: losing health, losing the spouse's health, losing the spouse, high activity, losing activity, and financial concerns. The findings were shared with notable gerontology experts for feedback. Conclusions and Implications: The retirement experience is characterized by two phases with common major issues. Implications for gerontological care-giving and planning for one's own retirement are posed.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:06:23Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:06:23Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name18th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationCherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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