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 Rodgers evolutionary perspective (1989). The evolutionary method was chosen as its analytic philosophical base is grounded in dynamism (Rodgers, 2000). Concepts are not viewed as static; rather, they are viewed as abstractions that change with time and varied situations. Underlying assumptions of the evolutionary approach include that: (a) concepts are subject to continual change; and (b) concept development is cyclical and contextually dependent (Rodgers, 2000).
This concept analysis will analyze the defining attributes, antecedents, and consequences of wellness, identify its related concepts, and describe its evolution. Identifying characteristics of wellness will help to clarify and develop conceptual strengths and limitations, providing a step toward evaluating its relevance in older adults and increasing utility in geriatric nursing.
Author & Year Published : Siobhan McMahon & Julie Fleury (1/03/2012)