Wellness in Older Adults: A Concept Analysis

The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of wellness as it relates to older adults and geriatric nursing using Rodger’s evolutionary perspective

Siobhan McMahon; Julie Fleury

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • The application of wellness as a concept has expanded over the last 50 years across disciplines
  • Functional decline, and geriatric syndromes threaten the well-being of older adults
  • The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of wellness as it relates to older adults and geriatric nursing using Rodger’s evolutionary perspective
  • Further refinement and identification of variations of the wellness concept will support significance, application, and use in geriatric nursing as a way to systematically bring the strengths and goals of older adults into focus and as a foundation for developing new care models that address behavioral risks and illness prevention. This concept analysis provides a critical step in the process of developing knowledge related to wellness in older adults and geriatric nursing
  • The evolutionary approach to concept analysis was chosen as its philosophical foundation emphasizes the dynamic nature and contextual dependence of concepts
  • Continued development of wellness within geriatric nursing will provide a foundation for building new care models that address behavioral risks and illness prevention in older adult populations

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