WHAT KIND OF IMPACT FACTORS TO PROMOTE RESILIENCE IN OLDER ADULTS
Background: Thailand become an Aging society, there is a trend to increase elderly population every year. In addition, adults age 60 years and older are rapidly growing age group in NakhonRatchasima. Resilience may be one factor that helps elderly adjust to difficult times and promote quality of life by themselves. There are various factors related to resilience that impact the qualities of older people.
Objectives: To identified impact factors to promote resilience in older adults at NakhonRatchasima, Thailand
Methods: This study used qualitative research. The sample was divided into two groups. Thirty in-depth interviews were conducted with older people who had high score of resilience. On the other hand, another thirty in-depth interviews were conducted with older people who had low score of resilience. Data was analysed by using content analysis.
Results: The results found that the resilience in older adults is from recognition from important people and positive psychology. A positive thinking and perceived health status were found to be significantly association with high resilience levels. The source of strength to resilience is the relationship with their relatives and friends. Especially, the opportunities to anticipate with their families are significantly impact on the resilience. Although older people with physical disability face many barriers in their life, they perceived that they are valuable and belief about their competence. Therefore the internal and external source of life strengths might have as strong effects on increasing resilience levels. All of older adults who stay alone indicate that they accepted their valuable said this made it possible for them to increase resilience.