Being and Becoming through Doing: Cultivating Identity in Retirement through Community Gardening Public Deposited

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  • February 22, 2019
  • Romeo, Palmyra
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • BackgroundAging of America -By 2050, the number of older adults age 65 and up will more than double; projected at 80 millionRetirement: An occupational transition -Changes one’s role and position in society and can impact social relationships, identity, and self-worthMeaningful occupations offer a bridge with which to “narrate and construct identity in retirement”Identity and engagement are adaptive (protective) strategies during the retirement transition Life transitions -retirement as opportunity rather than disruption; a chance to refocus on important social relationships and occupationsCommunity gardening -an optimal context for participation in retirementResearch Aim: To examine the way that identity is expressed in retirement through community gardening practices
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Department of Allied Health Sciences. Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Student Research Day (2018 : Chapel Hill, NC)

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