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Striving for Being in the Line of Life: Personal Active Ageing Strategies among Iranian Elder

Version 1 : Received: 26 October 2020 / Approved: 27 October 2020 / Online: 27 October 2020 (15:14:45 CET)

How to cite: raeesi dehkordi, F.; Eslami, A.A.; Zamani Alavijeh, F.; Matlabi, H. Striving for Being in the Line of Life: Personal Active Ageing Strategies among Iranian Elder. Preprints 2020, 2020100556 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0556.v1). raeesi dehkordi, F.; Eslami, A.A.; Zamani Alavijeh, F.; Matlabi, H. Striving for Being in the Line of Life: Personal Active Ageing Strategies among Iranian Elder. Preprints 2020, 2020100556 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0556.v1).

Abstract

Background: Active ageing is a multidimensional, relative, and context-dependent concept with different paths and outcomes. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore personal active ageing strategies in a specific context. Method: Following a directed content analyze procedure, we conduct semi structured individual interview with 39 elder (men and women) between the ages of 60-97 years that selected with purposeful sampling .data collection and analysis were concurrent. We analyzed the data from interviews, written narratives, and field notes using directed content analyze. The Reliability of data was fulfilled in accordance Lincoln and Guba criteria. We stopped data collection when no new concept was added and data saturation occurred. Results: Based on the experience of elders, we identified 5 categories: 1) Preventive 2) Coping 3) Internal self-control 4) Coherence maintenance strategies 5) Opportunity exploiting strategies. These described the active ageing strategies when encountering with age related change. Utilizing these strategies, the elder accompanied the life time. Conclusion: The finding suggests that active ageing is a continuous process in confronting age related change. The identified strategies can help to promote active ageing by familiarizing older with opportunities of life and training them in how to use these strategies.

Subject Areas

Iran; active ageing; elderly; qualitative study

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