Empowerment interventions for older adults

Nelma B C Shearer, Julie Fleury, Kathy A. Ward, Anne Marie O'Brien

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There has been much discussion regarding the need to empower older adults to make informed health decisions and to test interventions targeting empowerment to promote health among older adults. It has been suggested that an empowerment approach may nurture an older adult's participation in health care decisions and promote positive health outcomes. The purpose of this article is to report the findings of a critical review of published empowerment intervention studies with community-dwelling older adults. A descriptive literature review was conducted to examine how empowerment is conceptualized across interventions, the guiding theoretical frameworks, the outcomes measured, as well as the health outcomes of these interventions. Based on the findings from this review, recommendations for future empowerment intervention research with older adults as well as implications for practice are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-51
Number of pages28
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • empowerment
  • interventions
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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