A day to be lived. Elderly peoples' possessions for everyday life in assisted living
2013 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 27, no 2, 135-142 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study is a qualitative interview study about the household possessions that elderly women and men brought with them when moving into assisted living. The move implied a substantial reduction of their possessions since, in all cases, they had left a larger dwelling than the one they moved to. The study gives a glimpse into the everyday life of the oldest old in assisted living. The things the elderly participants brought were of three types; cherished objects, representations of who they were, and mundane objects. The most important objects indicated by the elderly often belonged to the third type, and were preferred for the significance they had for the everyday life of the individual. These objects revealed a circumscribed but dignified life in their private bed-sitting room, often in solitude, where the elderly individuals pursued various interests and small-scale activities. However, this life was organized and preferred by the individuals themselves, in accordance with the principles of resident autonomy and individual choice that are promoted in assisted living. The author suggests that these self-engaged pursuits can contribute to bridging the gap between disengagement and activity theories. The study results also contribute to making visible the private life of the oldest old in assisted living.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 27, no 2, 135-142 p.
older people, materiality, personal possessions, assisted living, move
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87647DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2012.12.002ISI: 000318467100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87647DiVA: diva2:589898
ProjectsAtt skingra hemmet. Tingens förändrade betydelse under livets senad skeden och övergångar
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2009-1460