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Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.209
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Number of Followers: 44  
 
Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal   * Containing 1 Open Access Open Access article(s) in this issue *
ISSN (Print) 1471-7794 - ISSN (Online) 2042-8766
Published by Emerald Homepage  [362 journals]
  • Occupational social class differences in the impact of COVID-19 related
           employment disruptions on retirement planning amongst older workers in
           England

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      Authors: Tatiana Rowson , Vanessa Beck , Martin Hyde , Elizabeth Evans
      Abstract: This paper aims to examine the impact of COVID-19 related employment disruption on individuals’ retirement planning and whether these experiences differ by occupational social class. To explore these issues, this study linked data from those who were employed in wave 9 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) main study with wave 1 of the ELSA COVID-19 study (N = 1,797). Multinominal regression analyses were conducted to explore whether the interaction between employment disruption and occupational social class was associated with planning to retire earlier or later than previously planned. The results show that stopping work because of COVID-19 is associated with planning to retire earlier. However, there were no statistically significant interactions between occupational social class and employment disruptions on whether respondents planned to retire earlier or later. This paper’s original contribution is in showing that the pandemic has had an impact on retirement decisions. Given the known negative effects of both involuntary early labour market exit, the findings suggest that the COVID-19 related employment disruptions are likely to exacerbate social inequalities in health, well-being in later life and, consequently, can help anticipate where there will be need for additional support in later life.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-11-02
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-02-2022-0013
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Constructions of childlessness and ageing: legitimising dependency on
           unpaid care'

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      Authors: Alex Hall , Gemma Spiers , Barbara Hanratty
      Abstract: A narrative has developed in recent years to link ageing without children to support needs in later life. Social care has long been viewed as a private, familial responsibility, whilst health care is a societal, public good. Childlessness is framed negatively in terms of increased demands on care services and wider family networks. As governments tackle the issue of how to fund and deliver an equitable and sustainable long-term care sector, this paper aims to argue that it is more critical than ever to evaluate views of childlessness in the context of ageing. Policy-oriented commentary paper. If the focus on childlessness and ageing is through a lens of a potential care deficit, this continues to frame ageing without children as a risk and does little to challenge increasing reliance on unpaid care. Research and policy need to explore how to make access to social care more equitable and reduce expectations of unpaid care. They also need to increasingly emphasise exploration of aspects of later life beyond the issue of care, for example, by more of a focus on communities, what matters to people to age well and lives that extend beyond traditional views of nuclear families. This paper uses the UK as a contextual example to argue that the research and policy communities have a role to play in evaluating their constructions of childlessness and ageing and questioning whether they do little more than legitimise government’s unwillingness to take responsibility for social care.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-10-24
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-10-2021-0078
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Editorial

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      Authors: Fiona Poland
      Abstract: Editorial
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-10-17
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-09-2022-093
      Issue No: Vol. 23 , No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Optimizing older adult co-researchers’ involvement in PAR: proposed
           evaluation tool

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      Authors: Emilie Raymond , Christophe Tremblay , Jean-Guy Lebel
      Abstract: This paper aims to share a practical evaluation tool intended to guide and support the participation of older people in PAR projects. Participatory action research (PAR) studies with older adults have been increasing over the past ten years. Scientific evidence provides key principles for PAR projects to achieve meaningful participation by older people; however, respecting the ideals of PAR is not always straightforward. This paper presents a case study that evaluated the involvement of nonacademic researchers in a PAR project using an evaluation tool derived from a literature review of PAR undertaken with this population (Corrado et al., 2020). The study goals were first to assess the assets and limits of the older co-researchers’ participation within the PAR project, and second to provide a revised version of the evaluation tool to support future PAR with older people. First, the authors designed an evaluation tool for nonacademic participation in PAR studies by older people that covers three main themes: older people positioned as prominent research partners; symmetrical power relations between academic and nonacademic researchers; and commitment regarding inclusiveness and long-term collaboration. Second, the authors performed an evaluation using this tool within the Active Aging with Dignity PAR Project. Third, the authors used the results of this experiment to suggest improvements for an enhanced version of the evaluation tool aiming at supporting fuller involvement of older nonacademic researchers in PAR studies. To the authors’ knowledge, this evaluative tool is a methodological innovation in gerontology.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-10-10
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-12-2021-0092
      Issue No: Vol. 23 , No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Agreement and participants’ preferences comparing: self-rated falls risk
           questionnaire (FRQ) and activities-specific balance confidence (ABC) scale
           in community-dwelling older adults using the Bland–Altman method

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      Authors: Hadi Kooshiar , Joy C. MacDermid , Dave M. Walton , Ruby Grewal
      Abstract: Screening for fall risks is an important part of fall and fracture prevention. This study aims to investigate cross-sectional inter-instrumental agreement and participants’ preferences of the self-rated Falls Risk Questionnaire (FRQ) and Activities Specific Balance Confidence 6 items (ABC-6). This study also aimed to compare FRQ and ABC-6 scores in older adults with and without a history of falls. Through an online and snowball sampling survey, 114 respondents were recruited from six countries. Respondents were asked to perform FRQ and ABC-6 surveys. The mean respondent age was 67 years, and 44.8% reported falls in the past year. The mean of rescored FRQ and ABC-6 scores were 68.6% and 66.2%, respectively. The FRQ and ABC-6 scores for fallers were lower than non-fallers. Bland and Altman’s method indicated the mean −2.6 and two standard deviations 20.9 differences between ABC-6 and FRQ, which means an overall agreement between these tools. Most of the respondents, 36% had no preference between ABC-6 and FRQ, 34% preferred none, 21% preferred the ABC-6 and 9% preferred the FRQ for screening future falls risk. Both ABC-6 and FRQ can distinguish between fallers and non-fallers, and findings of this study can be used to support the use of the FRQ for falls screening in older adults.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-10-05
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-03-2022-0020
      Issue No: Vol. 23 , No. 3 (2022)
       
  • An international qualitative feasibility study to explore the process of
           using social innovation (co-production) strategies with older people: the
           SAIL project

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      Authors: Holly Louise Crossen-White , Ann Hemingway , Adele Ladkin , Andrew Jones , Amanda Burke , Olaf Timmermans
      Abstract: This paper aims to present the feasibility study findings from a four-year project funded by the European Union Commission (the SAIL project, Staying Active and Independent for Longer). The funding stream was Interreg 2Seas which offers opportunities for coastal areas on both sides of the English Channel to work together on complex practical issues. The project focused on enabling older people to stay active and independent for longer using social innovation (co-production) approaches. Ten pilot projects were developed, and each of the pilots worked with an academic partner to undertake a feasibility study that included 10 pilots across the four countries involved, France, Belgium, Holland and England. This paper presents barriers and facilitators (using logic models) to the social innovation process with older people, which has wider relevance in terms of social innovation and its application. The findings which inform this paper are extensive, and this is a longitudinal qualitative study with much of the data collection being done using an online wiki (complemented by interviews and documentary analysis) which is a relatively new method for data collection. However, the consistency of the findings when analysed by three researchers was clear and pragmatically this complex method was required to examine complexity in the process of implementing social innovation in practice. This project has enabled greater understanding of how social innovation can be applied and has highlighted contextual issues that can undermine or enable attempts to adopt the approach. For the 10 pilot projects generated, there were obviously important cultural and geographical differences in terms of engagement and practical implementation of social innovation. Some of which, as mentioned in this paper, are very important for the successful implementation of social innovation in a particular setting and indeed may be a strength or a barrier in terms of engaging with local people and agencies. The development of logic models is a useful approach when the topic under study is complex and likely to produce a diverse set of process outcomes. The logic model focuses upon the relationships between the resources that are used to create the intervention and what is produced in terms of outcomes. Ultimately, this enables the identification of the factors that contribute to a successful intervention. Thus, in relation to this study, logic models have helped to provide an evidence-based framework that can support decision-making regarding the most effective use of limited resources to support successful social innovation processes in the future. The logic model for each area of the findings presented here can in the future be used to help implement social innovation; also, to consider how it can be improved in future research.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-09-27
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-02-2022-0012
      Issue No: Vol. 23 , No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Aging all over the place: a multidisciplinary framework that considers
           place and life trajectories of older adults within their communities

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      Authors: Melanie Levasseur , Daniel Naud , Nancy Presse , Nathalie Delli-Colli , Patrick Boissy , Benoît Cossette , Yves Couturier , Julien Cadieux Genesse
      Abstract: This conceptual paper aims to describe aging all over the place (AAOP), a federative framework for action, research and policy that considers older adults’ diverse experiences of place and life trajectories, along with person-centered care. The framework was developed through group discussions, followed by an appraisal of aging models and validation during workshops with experts, including older adults. Every residential setting and location where older adults go should be considered a “place,” flexible and adaptable enough so that aging in place becomes aging all over the place. Health-care professionals, policymakers and researchers are encouraged to collaborate around four axes: biopsychosocial health and empowerment; welcoming, caring, mobilized and supportive community; spatiotemporal life and care trajectories; and out-of-home care and services. When consulted, a Seniors Committee showed appreciation for flexible person-centered care, recognition of life transitions and care trajectories and meaningfulness of the name. Population aging and the pandemic call for intersectoral actions and for stakeholders beyond health care to act as community leaders. AAOP provides opportunities to connect environmental determinants of health and person-centered care. Building on the introduction of an ecological experience of aging, AAOP broadens the concept of care as well as the political and research agenda by greater integration of community and clinical actions. AAOP also endeavors to avoid patronizing older adults and to engage society in strengthening circles of benevolence surrounding older adults, regardless of their residential setting. AAOP’s applicability is evidenced by existing projects that share its approach.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-09-01
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-07-2021-0057
      Issue No: Vol. 23 , No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Use and perception of gerontechnology: differences in a group of Spanish
           older adults

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      Authors: Alicia Murciano-Hueso , Judith Martín-Lucas , Sara Serrate González , Patricia Torrijos Fincias
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to understand the profile of use of gerontechnology in Spanish older adults considering their age group (60–70; 71–80 and over 80 years) and to discern whether groups of subjects with similar characteristics can be established to ascertain which factors are behind the profile of frequent gerontechnology use. A quantitative study is presented to understand the profile of use of gerontechnology in Spanish older adults. The sample comprised 497 participants (aged between 60 and 94 years). The results show that, even though most participants consider technology to be useful in their daily lives, there is still a lack of knowledge on how to use it, especially among older subjects. This highlights the importance of promoting technological cocreation initiatives such as senior living labs. Other researchers are encouraged to include the voices of older adults using gerontechnology in further studies. If we want to increase the acceptance of technology by older adults, we must first let them take part in the design of the technologies they will use. This research provides promising data that should merit attention to contribute to the well-being and quality of life of older adults in a society where currently technology is a key part in every sphere of our daily life. The value of this research lies in the implications of “aging in place” studies today.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-08-16
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-02-2022-0010
      Issue No: Vol. 23 , No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Mixed methods evaluation on village neighborhood social cohesiveness and
           quality of life

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      Authors: Su-I Hou , Esteban Santis , Anna V. Eskamani , Khristen Holmes
      Abstract: The “Village” model has become an emerging, community-based, social initiative to help older adults age in place. This study aims to examine neighborhood social cohesion (NSC), or social connectedness and quality of life, from the perspective of village members. A mixed-method evaluation was used to examine two Florida villages, a master-planned village (FV1) and a diverse neighborhood village (FV2). Both are full members of the National Village to Village Network. The quantitative and qualitative data provided complementary and deeper understanding. Quantitative findings showed that FV1 members scored higher at NSC, and qualitative findings further confirmed that village program social activities were critical to building connections, especially for those who have lost loved ones and were single. Findings should be interpreted considering the predominantly white racial makeup and affluence of village participants. Findings point to the importance of NSC as older adults age and suggest that programs should prioritize activities that strengthen social connectiveness. This is one of the first mixed-methods evaluations examining NSC and quality of life among village participants.
      Citation: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
      PubDate: 2022-06-09
      DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-05-2021-0044
      Issue No: Vol. 23 , No. 3 (2022)
       
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