“The Wisdom of Age”: Perspectives on Aging and Growth among *** Older Adults.

Putney, J. M., LeafMeeker, R. R., & Hebert, N. (2016). “The wisdom of age”: Perspectives on aging and growth among lesbian older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Abstract: As of 2012, adults age 65 and older represented 13.7% of the United States population (Administration on Aging, 2013). This number is projected to grow to 19% by 2030, with females living to age 90 and outnumbering males 55% to 45% respectively (Centers for Disease Control, 2013, Vincent & Velkoff, 2010). A recent analysis estimates that 3.5% - 5% of the adult U.S. population identifies as ***, gay, or bisexual (Gates, 2011). The National Gay and *** Task Force suggests that by 2030 the population of ***, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) elders in the United States will range from 2 to 7 million (Grant, Koskovick, Frazer, & Bjerk, 2010). This is a very broad range, owing to limited population-based survey data and methodological challenges, such as measurement of LGBT identities and means of data collection. In spite of this population growth, the Institute of Medicine (2011) identified a dearth of research on older *** adults. Among the areas in need of inquiry are older lesbians’ experiences of later life and coping strategies that support adaptive change. Additionally, older *** women have expressed a wish for studies that capture their lived experiences in rich detail through qualitative methods (Averett, Robinson, Jenkins, & Yoon, 2014). This paper reports on findings from a qualitative study that investigated twelve older lesbians’ (aged 65 and older) experiences of adversity and adaptation as they age1. The present study draws on participants’ perspectives to identify sources of stress and fear, their strengths and coping strategies and how those relate to each other and to their growth in later life. We advance a model of adaptive change that shows how internal and external resources help older *** adults cope with sources of adversity and develop wisdom in later life.

Read the article: Putney, J. M., LeafMeeker, R. R., & Hebert, N. (2016). “The wisdom of age”: Perspectives on aging and growth among *** older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.



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