Based on the theoretical model of selection, optimisation, and compensation (SOC) the current study uses a phenomenological approach to examine life-satisfaction, compensatory strategies, and religion in a sample of Jewish near centenarians and centenarians, a population underrepresented in research on the elderly. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of 30 near centenarians and centenarians ranging in age from 95 to 106. Qualitative results yielded several themes infused with compensatory, cultural, and religious process features including (1) maintaining connections with family, friends, and God, (2) saving money, (3) being able to continue activities, (4) consistency, (5) feeling useful, (6) remaining positive and kind, (7) having independence. The study highlights culture-specific features of life-satisfaction and unique compensatory strategies employed by oldest old as they attempt to maintain activity and well-being.
- compensatory strategies
- psychological well-being
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health