Health Empowerment in Older Adult Informal Caregivers

Laura J. Blank, Julie Fleury

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Abstract

Background: The need to support informal caregivers is among the most overlooked challenges facing the aging population, their families, and society. Understanding the experience of well-being and resources contributing to well-being among older caregivers is essential. Objective: The purpose of this research was to explore personal strengths, social contextual resources, and the power to choose and pursue valued objectives central to well-being among older caregivers. This research was theoretically informed by the Health Empowerment Theory. Methods: Qualitative descriptive design addressed research objectives. Purposive sampling included recruitment and interviews with twenty-one older adult caregivers. Qualitative content analysis identified distinct categories and themes of meaning and supported trustworthiness. Results: Categories supported and extended Health Empowerment Theory among older caregivers, reflecting unique strengths, resources, and growth consistent with valued objectives, fostering well-being. Discussion: Findings further understanding of the ways in which caregivers move toward well-being within the context of complexity and change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-982
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Health resources
  • Older adults
  • Self-care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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