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

Buys, L, Burton, L, Cuthill, M, Hogan, A, Wilson, B and Baker, D 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, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 291-294.


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Title Establishing and maintaining social connectivity: An understanding of the lived experiences of older adults residing in regional and rural communities
Author(s) Buys, L
Burton, L
Cuthill, M
Hogan, A
Wilson, B
Baker, D
Year 2015
Journal name Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume number 23
Issue number 5
Start page 291
End page 294
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
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.
Subject Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Older adult
Regional and rural community
Social connectedness
DOI - identifier 10.1111/ajr.12196
Copyright notice © 2015 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
ISSN 1038-5282
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