Risk Time Framing for Wellbeing in Older People: A Multi-National Appreciative Inquiry

Charlotte Clarke, Mike Titterton, Jane Wilcockson, Jane Reed, Wendy Moyle, Barbara Klein, Sandra Marais, Glenda Cook

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Abstract

Purpose - To explore the experience of older people and their sense of developing wellbeing, including consideration of the strategies they employ to respond to perceived risk.

Design - An Appreciative Enquiry study was used, which collected data with 58 participants in focus group and individual interviews. Interviews focused on ways in which older people in South Africa, Australia, Germany and the UK understand and seek to maintain wellbeing.

Findings - The changing time horizons of older people leads to perceptions of risk and concerns that embrace societal as well as individual concerns. Often, this leads to a sense of societal responsibility and desire for social change, which is frustrated by a perceived exclusion from participation in society.

Originality/Value - Variation in time horizons leads to changes in temporal accounting, which may be under-utilised by society. Consequently, societies may not recognise and support the resilience of older people to the detriment of older people as individuals and to the wider society. In mental health practice and education, it is imperative to embrace the shift from ageist concerns (with later life viewed as risky and tragic in itself) towards a greater sensitivity for older people’s resilience, the strategies they deploy to maintain this, and their desire for more control and respect for their potential to contribute to society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-53
JournalJournal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2018

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