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Til Death Do We Part: Elderly Relationships, Autonomy, Well-Being and the Assisted Living Facility

Abstract

As people enter assisted living facilities, they experience a loss of physical and cognitive capabilities, rendering them less capable of taking care of themselves. This diminishes their quality of life significantly. Additionally, widowhood and loneliness through separation from family increases the likelihood for depression. Romantic relationships at times can alleviate the sense of loss or isolation. I conducted in-depth interviews with elderly residents in an assisted living facility to examine how autonomy and romantic relationships influence the elderly’s quality of life. In my presentation, I demonstrate the need for and ways in which assisted living facilities can encourage resident’s sense of autonomy and enhance the elderly’s quality of life while the forces of aging work against them.

Faculty Sponsor

Michelle Janning

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Culture and Care

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Maxey 104

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Oral Presentation

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Til Death Do We Part: Elderly Relationships, Autonomy, Well-Being and the Assisted Living Facility

Maxey 104

As people enter assisted living facilities, they experience a loss of physical and cognitive capabilities, rendering them less capable of taking care of themselves. This diminishes their quality of life significantly. Additionally, widowhood and loneliness through separation from family increases the likelihood for depression. Romantic relationships at times can alleviate the sense of loss or isolation. I conducted in-depth interviews with elderly residents in an assisted living facility to examine how autonomy and romantic relationships influence the elderly’s quality of life. In my presentation, I demonstrate the need for and ways in which assisted living facilities can encourage resident’s sense of autonomy and enhance the elderly’s quality of life while the forces of aging work against them.

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