Identifying resources for promoting healthy aging in community
Community-dwelling older adults depend on resources for stability and safety as they age. This study explores resources that mature over time to improve the quality of aging in community (AIC) within communities that are not modeled for aging populations. Recommendations for future research and community programs to improve the ability of community members to age in community were made based on the findings. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions on 16 older adults who attend programs designed to increase community interaction. According to data gathered, the three most important resources were social, health, and financial. AIC requires multiple resources to sustain basic needs and provide quality living. Early allocation of resources improves the likelihood of successfully AIC.
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