Presentation Title

Older Adults Aging-in-Place

Speaker Credentials

Professor

Speaker Credentials

Ph.D.

College

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, OT

Location

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

21-2-2020 8:30 AM

End Date

21-2-2020 4:00 PM

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The study was conducted to explore the meaning of home and aging in place (qualitative) and the relationship between PEO characteristics (quantitative), of community dwelling adults, 65 and older. BACKGROUND: Census reports indicate the number of adults over age 65 continues to increase. Surveys reveal 90% of older Americans cling to their homes and want to “age-in-place.” To address this need, occupational therapists need to understand the meaning of home and aging-in-place and know what personal, environmental, and occupational (PEO) characteristics best support aging-in-place. No known studies have investigated all aspects concurrently. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional mixed methods design; however, this poster covers only the qualitative data collected via face-to-face interview. Responses were audio taped and then transcribed. Using phenomenological qualitative methods, transcriptions were coded by research team members to discover themes that emerged from the rich variety of participant responses. CONCLUSION: A home is more than the physical environment and aging-in-place is important to older Americans. While home modifications can strengthen the physical, personal, and social accessibility of the home, occupational therapists who view the aging adult holistically may benefit their clients by addressing the person’s resilient and creative response and the importance of home to age in a meaningful environment. GRANT: This study was funded by an NSU College of Health Care Sciences and College of Nursing FY 2013 Faculty Research & Development Grant.

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Older Adults Aging-in-Place

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

OBJECTIVE: The study was conducted to explore the meaning of home and aging in place (qualitative) and the relationship between PEO characteristics (quantitative), of community dwelling adults, 65 and older. BACKGROUND: Census reports indicate the number of adults over age 65 continues to increase. Surveys reveal 90% of older Americans cling to their homes and want to “age-in-place.” To address this need, occupational therapists need to understand the meaning of home and aging-in-place and know what personal, environmental, and occupational (PEO) characteristics best support aging-in-place. No known studies have investigated all aspects concurrently. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional mixed methods design; however, this poster covers only the qualitative data collected via face-to-face interview. Responses were audio taped and then transcribed. Using phenomenological qualitative methods, transcriptions were coded by research team members to discover themes that emerged from the rich variety of participant responses. CONCLUSION: A home is more than the physical environment and aging-in-place is important to older Americans. While home modifications can strengthen the physical, personal, and social accessibility of the home, occupational therapists who view the aging adult holistically may benefit their clients by addressing the person’s resilient and creative response and the importance of home to age in a meaningful environment. GRANT: This study was funded by an NSU College of Health Care Sciences and College of Nursing FY 2013 Faculty Research & Development Grant.