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Resilience in Older Adults

Resnick, Barbara PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP


In the article that appeared on pages 155-163 of the July-September 2014 issue, please note that the references and acknowledgment of work for what is referred to as the Resilience Model (the definitions of the components of this model and the description of the model appear in Figure 1) were inadvertently omitted. Please note that this model was developed by and published initially by Richardson, Neiger, Jensen, and Kumpfer: Richardson, GE, Neiger, BL, Jensen S, Kumpfer, KL. The resiliency model. Health Education. 1990;21(6):33–39.

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 31(1):87, January/March 2015.

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000024

Resilience is conceptualized as a global term that refers to a process by which people bounce back from adversity and reintegrate and ideally grow from the experience. Resilience develops and changes over time through ongoing experiences. There are several different types of resilience including general health resilience, psychological resilience, emotional resilience, dispositional resilience, and physical resilience. There are also numerous ways in which to measure and evaluate resilience. Resilience is not static, and interventions can be implemented to help older adults strengthen their resilience and thereby improve outcomes following challenging events.

Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Correspondence: Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (

The author has no disclosures related to this work.

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