Out-of-home life spaces valued by urban older adults with limited income

African Journal of Disability

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Title Out-of-home life spaces valued by urban older adults with limited income
Creator van Biljon, Hester M. van Niekerk, Lana Plastow, Nicola A. Swanepoel, Lizette
Subject rehabilitation; public healthcare; social welfare; older adults life spaces; life roles; out-of-town family; quality of life; places of worship; communities and society; public healthcare rehabilitation; medical facilities.
Description Background: Access to, and occupational performance in, out-of-home-life-spaces is linked to health, wellbeing and quality of life for older adults. There is little evidence of how this relates to older adults with limited resources in an African urban context.Objectives: To describe the out-of-home-life-spaces accessed and valued by older adults with limited resources, living in an urban South African setting.Method: An exploratory concurrent mixed methods study saw 84 rehabilitation clinicians conduct 393 face-to-face interviews with older adults. Clinicians produced reflective field notes and participated in focus groups. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics with SPSS Version X. Qualitative data were analysed through inductive content analysis.Results: Older adults walked, used mini-bus taxis or private vehicles to get to places of worship, medical facilities, shops, family and friends and special interest gatherings on a weekly or monthly frequency. Lack of funds was the main barrier. Older adults aspired to travel, go on holiday and to visit out-of-town family homes.Conclusion: Exploring the daily lived experience of older, urban South Africans with limited resources brought to light the value they attribute to participation in activities that contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities. Such activities are found in a variety of life spaces.Contribution: Results could inform policy makers and service providers in their planning of community mobility, transportation services and health care, for older adults with limited resources.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Gauteng Public Health
Date 2023-05-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — exploratory concurrent mixed methods; interivews; discussion groups; field notes
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v12i0.1177
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 12 (2023); 10 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage Urban low income areas Gauteng South Africa 2018 +65 year olds, community dwelling older adults
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Hester M. van Biljon, Lana van Niekerk, Nicola A. Plastow, Lizette Swanepoel https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0