European Journal of Ageing

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 235–244

How to understand and improve older people’s self-management of wellbeing

  • Nardi Steverink
  • Siegwart Lindenberg
  • Joris P. J. Slaets
Original Investigation

DOI: 10.1007/s10433-005-0012-y

Cite this article as:
Steverink, N., Lindenberg, S. & Slaets, J.P.J. Eur J Ageing (2005) 2: 235. doi:10.1007/s10433-005-0012-y

Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how older people can be supported to actively self-manage their own process of ageing such that overall wellbeing is achieved and maintained for as long as possible. Starting from a resource-based approach, a new theory of self-management of wellbeing (SMW theory) is proposed, and it is shown how it can be used as a basis for the design of self-management interventions for ageing successfully. The main aspects of the theory, i.e. six key self-management abilities and the core dimensions of wellbeing, are presented as well as the theory-based ‘blueprint’ for the design of interventions. Empirical results of two intervention studies are briefly presented and show that the SMW theory may be a useful tool for the design and evaluation of interventions for successful ageing.

Keywords

Resources Social production function theory Self-management of wellbeing theory Interventions Successful ageing 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nardi Steverink
    • 1
    • 2
  • Siegwart Lindenberg
    • 2
  • Joris P. J. Slaets
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University Medical Centre GroningenUniversity of Groningen GroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS)University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands