“You Need to Set a Daily Schedule”: Understanding Successful Aging via Three-Sided Viewpoints

Michal Tsadok-Cohen, Sara Rosenblum, Ortal Cohen Elimelech, Simona Ferrante, Sonya Meyer

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This study aimed to identify the constructs related to successful aging in the context of engagement in social and productive activities. A qualitative design was used to explore three viewpoints on the aging period with 9 focus groups (3 each for adults 65 years or older, older adults’ family members, and health professionals) and 18 interviews with older adults (older adults Mage = 71.7 years, Standard Deviation = 4.62). The transcripts were analyzed using constructivist grounded theory principles. Three categories were identified for successful aging: (a) engagement with life, including social participation, fixed/flexible schedule, time, and meaningful occupation; (b) self-management abilities, including producing daily schedules, independence, and initiation/striving toward goals; and (c) diversity among older adults, including their views on retirement, being active or not, and their dreams/values/goals. Considering the diverse nature of older adults, recognizing the importance of life engagement and self-management abilities emphasizes the necessity for an occupation-based, self-tailored approach to enable successful aging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3005
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 2023


  • diversity
  • focus groups
  • older adults
  • self-management
  • self-tailor


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