The impact of social network change due to spousal loss: A qualitative study on experiences of older adults who are aging in place

Willeke Vos Den Ouden*, Meriam Janssen, Leonieke Van Boekel, Roger Leenders, Katrien Luijkx

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Abstract

Spousal loss due to nursing home admission or death is challenging for the well-being of the remaining partner and for aging in place. We explored: “How does social network change due to spousal loss impact older adults who are aging in place?.” In-depth interviews were held with six older women who were aging in place and who lost their spouses in the past two years. Narrative analysis was conducted. Results indicate that the impact varies in three dimensions and that variations within dimensions follow three themes. The results emphasize the complexity of impact and the urgent need for a person-centred approach toward older adults after spousal loss.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-573
JournalDeath Studies
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • ADJUSTMENT
  • AGE-DIFFERENCES
  • BENEFITS
  • FUTURE
  • HEALTH
  • LATER LIFE
  • STRATEGIES
  • SUPPORT
  • TIME

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