Nonagenarians: a qualitative exploration of individual differences in wellbeing
This paper focuses on the subjective experience of extreme old age for 12 people scoring high and low respectively, on wellbeing measures. The purpose was to illustrate and expand upon the quantitatively derived findings from a previous study of nonagenarians living in Stockholm, using a qualitative approach inspired by grounded theory. The results suggest that outlook on life, social and emotional ties, engagement with the outside world and physical capability are important contributors to subjectively experienced wellbeing in this age group.(Accepted August 7 2000)
Key Words: nonagenarians; experience of wellbeing; qualitative approach.
c1 Address for correspondence: Pernilla Hillerås, Stockholm Gerontology Research Center, Box 6401, 113 82, Stockholm, Sweden. e-mail: Pernilla.Hilleras@neurotec.ki.se