Understanding the influence of community characteristics on wellness for rural older adults: A meta-synthesis

Winterton, Rachel, Warburton, Jeni, Keating, Norah, Petersen, Maree, Berg, Turi and Wilson, Jill (2015) Understanding the influence of community characteristics on wellness for rural older adults: A meta-synthesis. Journal of Rural Studies, 45 320-327. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.12.010


Author Winterton, Rachel
Warburton, Jeni
Keating, Norah
Petersen, Maree
Berg, Turi
Wilson, Jill
Title Understanding the influence of community characteristics on wellness for rural older adults: A meta-synthesis
Journal name Journal of Rural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-0167
1873-1392
Publication date 2015-05-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.12.010
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 45
Start page 320
End page 327
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
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 in terms 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.
Keyword Wellness
Ageing
Community
Health
Rural
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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