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Perceptions of healthy aging among Francophone older adults living in Edmonton, Alberta

  • Author / Creator
    Esso, Christelle M.-C.
  • Although many policy frameworks, research definitions and programs on Healthy Aging are available in Canada and abroad, little is known about older adults’ perspectives on this topic. Given the steady increase of the numbers of older Canadians, as well as the diversity of their cultural background in Alberta, the present study introduces the healthy aging perspectives of eight older Francophones of French Canadian descent living in Edmonton, Alberta, using Interpretive Description as a qualitative methodology. Three central themes of healthy aging were identified from participants’ interview data: protecting health, maintaining dignity, and preserving identity to achieve healthy aging. Study findings were further re-interpreted in the light of available research and suggestions were made to inform current healthy aging practice interventions, research programs, and policies put in place to possibly enhance healthy aging for all Francophone and non-Francophone communities in and outside Edmonton, Alberta.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Nursing
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3R785X66
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Faculty of Nursing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr.Parke, Belinda (Nursing)
    • Dr.Low, Gail (Nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr.Ross, Carolyn (Nursing)
    • Dr.Paul, Pauline (Nursing)
    • Dr.Northcott, Herbert (Sociology)
    • Dr.Molzahn, Anita (Nursing)