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Understanding the influence of community characteristics on wellness for rural older adults: A meta-synthesis / Rachel Winterton; Jeni Warburton; Norah Keating; Maree Petersen; Turi Berg; Jill Wilson

Journal of Rural Studies, Volume: 45, Pages: 320 - 327

Swansea University Author: Norah, Keating

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This review identifies how diverse rural community characteristics interact to influence older adults’capacity to achieve wellness. Through a meta-synthesis of the academic literature, an ecological model is developed which classifies environmental determinants of individual wellness for rural older...

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Published in: Journal of Rural Studies
ISSN: 07430167
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa29611
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Abstract: This review identifies how diverse rural community characteristics interact to influence older adults’capacity to achieve wellness. Through a meta-synthesis of the academic literature, an ecological model is developed which classifies environmental determinants of individual wellness for rural older adults interms of their proximity to the individual. Findings demonstrate that socio-spatial and resource environments play a key role in influencing wellness for rural older adults through fostering and developing individual opportunities and capabilities, promoting positive perceptions of the environment, and in contributing to objective and subjective indicators of health and wellbeing. This is achieved in two distinct ways: indirectly through interactions between the socio-spatial and resource environments, and directly through interactions between the individual and their socio-spatial or resource environments. In addition to contributing to the emerging literature on wellness and rural ageing, this review provides a clearer understanding of how rurality and community interact at different levels to facilitate outcomes for older adults.
Keywords: Wellness Ageing Community Health Rural
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Start Page: 320
End Page: 327