What Do We Know About Resilience in Older Adults? An Exploration of Some Facts, Factors, and Facets

  • Phillip G. Clark
  • Patricia M. Burbank
  • Geoffrey Greene
  • Norma Owens
  • Deborah Riebe


As the field of gerontology has become better established and developed more historical perspective and interdisciplinary depth, we can note a progression in thinking about concepts and theories of aging, what the experience of getting older means, and how it can be shaped as a process (e.g. Bengtson et al. 2008). Conceptual theses generate antitheses resulting in syntheses and new directions for research. So it is with the development of the concept of resilience with respect to older adults. Just as early research characterizing “normal” aging led to the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the concept of “successful” aging, so, too, has this latter concept given way to the more recent concept of “resilience” in aging.


Physical Activity Social Support Social Capital Personal Medicine Negative Life Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip G. Clark
    • 1
  • Patricia M. Burbank
  • Geoffrey Greene
  • Norma Owens
  • Deborah Riebe
  1. 1.University of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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