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Storytelling reveals the active, positive lives of centenarians.
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PMID:  21049867     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To present alternative stories of ageing that countered the prevailing negative stereotypes of older people by interviewing centenarians about their lives.
METHOD: Sixteen healthy U.K. centenarian volunteers were interviewed in their place of residence. A story draft was produced using the interview recording and verbatim transcript. The four researchers collaborated to generate a consensus storyline which was returned to the centenarian and their significant other for their corrections, additions, validation and consent to publish using their own names.
FINDINGS: Centenarians elected to talk about living as independently as possible, their continuing growth and development and their ongoing close relationships. Difficulties and loss were considered to be 'part of life' indicated by comments such as: 'accept whatever life brings', 'just plod on', 'do what you can to make things better and then move on'.
CONCLUSION: The centenarians present a positive picture of ageing, which counteracts negative stereotypes. Aspects of successful ageing relate to lifestyle and environment. Centenarians have felt 'personalised' through attention gained as part of the storytelling process, therefore older people may feel valued through listening and responding in this way.
Tina Koch; Rose Turner; Pam Smith; Nimmi Hutnik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing older people     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1472-0795     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Older People     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-05     Completed Date:  2010-11-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101084156     Medline TA:  Nurs Older People     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery, University of Surrey, Guildford.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Great Britain
Mass Media

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