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Title: Ageing in place in ageing communities : elderly women's accounts of growing older in rural Saskatchewan
Author: MacKenzie, Patricia Anne
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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Only a handful of studies have examined the lives of older rural women (Cape, 1987; Shenk and McTavish, 1988; Shenk, 1991; Keating, 1997; McCullough and Kivett, 1998). No studies that focus on the experience of rural older women have been completed in Saskatchewan, a province in the central agricultural core of Canada and the consummate rural location. The purpose of this ethnographic study was to explore what it is like for older women to experience ageing in place in rural prairie communities. The study presents information from interviews conducted with 18 elderly women living alone in six non-urban proximate villages within the Central Plains Health District of Saskatchewan, Canada. A community resource inventory of three of these rural communities is also presented in the study. The analysis of the narrative text produced several categories that were used to describe and interpret the data. These categories include: the relationship of health to living alone, personal attitudes, receiving help, kinship networks, peer networks, non-peer/family supports, the importance of spirituality, attachment to place, and worries over rural sustainability. The research report presents a conceptual framework that ties the categories together and describes how the women managed their lives and coped with ageing in place. The conceptual framework uses two major themes, CONNECTEDNESS and RESILIENCE, to explore the conditions that were seen to be important to the ongoing well being of the older rural women in this study. These themes describe both the resiliency noted to be present in individuals and communities and the sense of connectedness to both people and place which was found to exist in most cases. The research report identifies the factors that enhance the quality of life for these older women. The report also describes the particular challenges they face as rural dwellers. A discussion of the personal and environmental conditions needed to support effective "ageing in place", and recommendations for new or enhanced programs and service delivery systems to benefit older rural residents are made in the final chapters of the report.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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