Resourcefulness in Later Life


Older people living with frailty are vulnerable to sudden changes in health and wellbeing, impacting on social relationships.  Existing research suggests that people who have chronic conditions and impairments develop strategies and draw on various resources to successfully manage on a daily basis (resourcefulness).

The SoReLL (Study of Resourcefulness in Later Life) team conducted in-depth interviews with twenty older people and 4 carers. Following the interviews, we held a workshop in May 2016 with older people and family carers. At the workshop we discussed our initial findings from the interviews. We also decided on priority areas for further work exploring how service providers can better work with older people who are frail and their family carers to increase their preparedness to deal with key challenges of frailty. 

We have presented the interview findings at two conferences (please see our latest news for further details). We are currently writing up our analysis of the data, and plan to publish our full findings in 2017. 

SoReLL is part of the Primary care based management of frailty in older people theme of NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber . The team can be contacted via r.hawkins@leeds.ac.uk