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dc.contributor.authorBoyd, Keri M.
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-13T23:49:35Z
dc.date.available2018-06-13T23:49:35Z
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/8647
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2018en_US
dc.description.abstractAlaska's older adults are growing faster in proportion to the overall population creating concern regarding how adequate care will be provided in the coming years. Statewide, rural community members are looking for innovative, culturally appropriate ways to promote successful aging for their growing population of elders, allowing them to age in their home communities. This qualitative, phenomenological study sought to establish a deeper understanding of how Alaska Native Elders in Northwest Alaska understand and experience successful aging to inform program development and service delivery. The present project was embedded within a larger community-based participatory research study and conducted in collaboration with community members and an Alaska Native Elder Advisory Committee. The 14 community-nominated Elder participants universally identified engagement with family and community, self-awareness and care, and a sense of gratitude as essential elements of successful aging. Elders who age successfully listened to and learned from their Elders, enact their traditional values and practices, and pass their wisdom and knowledge to future generations. The results provide a culture and context specific understanding of successful aging that will help communities develop Elder-centered programs and service delivery and contributes to field of successful aging by presenting a perspective of successful aging that is not currently represented in the literature. Finally, by recording the Elders' knowledge and stories of successful aging this project also helped preserve some of the traditional cultural knowledge held by Elders in this region to be shared with generations to come.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectOlder Alaska Nativesen_US
dc.subjectCareen_US
dc.subjectHealth and hygieneen_US
dc.subjectMental healthen_US
dc.subjectServices foren_US
dc.subjectSocial conditionsen_US
dc.subjectAlaska Nativesen_US
dc.subjectAgingen_US
dc.title"We did listen": Successful aging from the perspective of Alaska Native Elders in Northwest Alaskaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreephden_US
dc.identifier.departmentProgram in Clinical-Community Psychologyen_US
dc.contributor.chairGifford, Valerie M.
dc.contributor.committeeWhipple, Jason
dc.contributor.committeeLewis, Jordan
dc.contributor.committeeDavid, Eric John (EJ)
refterms.dateFOA2018-11-01T00:00:00Z


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