TitleAn Ecological Model of Resilience in Late Life
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAldwin, C, Igarashi, H
JournalAnnual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Pagination115 - 130
Date Published02/2012

Resilience is a phenomenon seen at the individual, contextual, and larger sociocultural levels. In later adulthood, it has been equated with successful or optimal aging. We present a transactional, ecological model that is based on individual stress and coping processes, which are informed by resources and barriers at the community and sociocultural levels. However, our model is also informed by contributions from positive psychology including mindfulness, compassion, and self-transcendence. Applying the model to chronic health problems such as diabetes, demonstrates that change and/or interventions are required at all three levels. It is important to recognize the resilience in older adults contributes to resilience at the community and sociocultural levels.