"I'm not going to die from the AIDS": Resilience in aging with HIV disease

Charles A. Emlet, Shakima Tozay, Victoria Raveis

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Abstract

Purpose:Adults aging with HIV/AIDS can experience resilience in spite of the deleterious affects of the disease. This study seeks to examine the lived experiences of older adults with HIV/AIDS as it relates to strengths and resilience in dealing with this devastating disease.Design and methods:Semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with 25 adults, 50 years and older, living with HIV/AIDS. The interview transcripts were analyzed using constant comparative methodology following the tenets of adaptive theory.Results:The majority of informants expressed experiences of resilience and strengths as related to living with HIV/AIDS. Seven major themes emerged from the analysis including self-acceptance, optimism, will to live, generativity, self-management, relational living, and independence.Implications: The research identified the importance of strengths and resilience among older adults living with HIV/AIDS. Further research is needed to explore these phenomena with larger samples. Practitioners should identify and implement methods for assessing resilience among older HIV-infected adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalGerontologist
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

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Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Older Adults
  • Resilience
  • Strengths Perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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"I'm not going to die from the AIDS" : Resilience in aging with HIV disease. / Emlet, Charles A.; Tozay, Shakima; Raveis, Victoria.

In: Gerontologist, Vol. 51, No. 1, 01.02.2011, p. 101-111.

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Emlet, Charles A. ; Tozay, Shakima ; Raveis, Victoria. / "I'm not going to die from the AIDS" : Resilience in aging with HIV disease. In: Gerontologist. 2011 ; Vol. 51, No. 1. pp. 101-111.
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