Special Issue "Understanding Older Adult Resilience from a Life-course Perspective"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Interests: technology use; life events; death and dying; longevity; gerontology education
Interests: healthy aging among the oldest-old; healthcare utilization; longevity; advanced research methods
This Special Issue, on “Understanding Older Adult Resilience from a Life-course Perspective”, invites articles on original research, brief reports, and practice concepts that explore resilience in older adulthood from a life-course perspective. Society often associates later life with decline and detriment; however, previous research has indicated that older adults are quite resilient and skilled at adapting to adversity and challenges throughout life. This Special Issue hopes to share more information about the factors that influence resilience in older adulthood. Specifically, how can we learn more about psychosocial and physical resilience in older adulthood by viewing it through a life-course lens? It is possible that early life experiences play a significant role in how individuals cope with adversity throughout their lives (e.g., living through tumultuous historical periods and coping with loss); or how some individuals maintain or regain function in the face of age-related losses or diseases. Therefore, considering resilience from a life-course perspective may provide unique insight into this attribute in older adulthood. Topics may include (but are not limited to) transitions and life events that, although challenging, ultimately results in resiliency, gold standards to validate measures of resilience, sources of support and strength for older adults, social roles that increase resilience, how older adults interpret resilience, how resilience impacts well-being and life satisfaction in late life, and interventions or support at multiple system levels to optimize resilience in later life.
Dr. Melinda Heinz
Dr. Jinmyoung Cho
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Older adult sources of strength
- Construct of resilience
- Adapting to adversity and challenges throughout life
- Predictors and vulnerabilities for resilience
- Strategies to maximize resilience at multiple systems in later life