The future of successful aging in Alaska

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Scopus citations

Abstract

Background. There is a paucity of research on Alaska Natives and their views on whether or not they believe they will age successfully in their home and community. There is limited understanding of aging experiences across generations. Objective. This research explores the concept of successful aging from an urban Alaska Native perspective and explores whether or not they believe they will achieve a healthy older age. Design. A cultural consensus model (CCM) approach was used to gain a sense of the cultural understandings of aging among young Alaska Natives aged 50 years and younger. Results. Research findings indicate that aging successfully is making the conscious decision to live a clean and healthy life, abstaining from drugs and alcohol, but some of Alaska Natives do not feel they will age well due to lifestyle factors. Alaska Natives see the inability to age well as primarily due to the decrease in physical activity, lack of availability of subsistence foods and activities, and the difficulty of living a balanced life in urban settings. Conclusions. This research seeks to inform future studies on successful aging that incorporates the experiences and wisdom of Alaska Natives in hopes of developing an awareness of the importance of practicing a healthy lifestyle and developing guidelines to assist others to age well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number21186
JournalInternational journal of circumpolar health
Volume72
Issue numberSUPPL.1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alaska Native
  • Intergenerational
  • Older adults
  • Rural
  • Successful aging

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The future of successful aging in Alaska'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this