Victoria University

The lived experience of being a hundred years and over

ResearchArchive/Manakin Repository

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor De Vries, Kay Naiker-Ratan, Ashwina 2016-11-10T03:52:40Z 2016-11-10T03:52:40Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract The twentieth century has seen a decline in mortality after the age of eighty and an increase in survival rates of the oldest of the old. Centenarians (people over a hundred years of age) are the fastest growing group of this population in developed countries; however qualitative research on the oldest of the old is limited. The primary aim of this study was to gain an understanding of the essence of lived experiences and meanings of extended longevity as perceived by centenarians. It also aimed to explore the role of lifestyle characteristics, family, social, health and cultural factors in regards to their prolonged existence. The research was conducted with ten centenarians aged between 100 and 106 years living in the Lower North Island namely Wairarapa, Kapiti and Wellington of Aotearoa New Zealand. Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method of inquiry was used to guide the data collection through face-to-face interviews using unstructured open ended questions. Colazzi’s phenomenological framework was employed for data analysis. There were common patterns throughout the life stories related by the centenarians and resilience and acceptance of life was notable. The centenarians spoke nonchalantly about their experience of turning a hundred, describing their birthday as; “Just another day.” Positive personalities and resilient nature were prominent features of the participants who all expressed a sense of acceptance and satisfaction with life and contentment with living in the present. All centenarians had a privileged upbringing and were nurtured during their childhood by their parents, grandparents and siblings and these interrelationships were ongoing at an intergenerational level. They had all kept themselves active as much as they could throughout their lifetime. The results suggest that nurturing has an important role in the survival of the oldest of old. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Centenarians en_NZ
dc.subject Extended longevity en_NZ
dc.subject Lived experience en_NZ
dc.title The lived experience of being a hundred years and over en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Health Services Research Centre en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Nursing en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Health Research en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains All Rights en_NZ 2016-10-14T08:44:14Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 111001 Aged Care Nursing en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 929999 Health not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search ResearchArchive

Advanced Search


My Account