Resilience and successful aging. Comparison among low and high income older adults

J Gerontol Nurs. 2003 Dec;29(12):42-9. doi: 10.3928/0098-9134-20031201-09.


1 Resilience, a personality characteristic that moderates the negative effects of stress and promotes adaptation, has been associated with better health in prior studies. 2 Successful aging can be defined as the enjoyment of health and vigor of the mind, body, and spirit into middle age and beyond. 3 Individuals with lower incomes may be less likely to achieve successful aging because of a higher prevalence of health risk factors. 4 Resilience appears to be positively and significantly associated with indicators of successful aging regardless of income.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Happiness
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Nurse's Role
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Personality
  • Poverty / psychology*
  • Public Housing
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Efficacy
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires