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Exploring identity and aging: Auto-photography and narratives of low income older adults.
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PMID:  24984907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
This study focused on meanings of health, housing, independence and aging among low-income adults age 55 and older who live in, or are on a waiting list for, publicly subsidized rental housing. The purpose was to learn how low-income older adults perceive their independence and health, and how their place of residence contributes to these perceptions, as well as related perceptions of self. Qualitative data were collected using in-person narrative interviews with 45 individuals and a second photo elicitation interview with 31 of these persons. Themes describe how disrupted identities influence subjective thoughts about the aging process, housing, health, and finances, the process of clinicalization, and place identities. These findings highlight the relationship between housing status, dignity, and shifting identities as older adults experience the aging process in a low-income context. This study expands the current scholarship on the relationship between environment and aging as well as our understanding of poverty among older persons. These topics are relevant for new policies and programs to support the aging in place of older persons in subsidized housing. Understanding the life worlds of those who live in or have applied to this form of housing will be instrumental in developing such strategies.
Jacklyn Kohon; Paula Carder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-04-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging studies     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1879-193X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Stud     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-07-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916517     Medline TA:  J Aging Stud     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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