Master of Science
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
With the projected increase in the older adult population and the rise of
immigrants to Canada, there is a critical need to explore immigrant older adults’
experiences of ageing. The objectives of this study are to: understand what it
means to be an ageing, Muslim Lebanese immigrant in Canada by
understanding their experiences of social connectedness and engagement.
Constructivist narrative inquiry was used to provide direct insight into the diverse
lived experiences of two men and two women who came to Canada during the
1960s and decided to stay and age in Canada. Participants were involved in two
in-depth narrative interviews in which they narrated their experiences of
connecting with others now and over time. Past shaping present experiences and
the importance of finding place were two key themes that emerged from the four
narrative accounts, which have informed a deeper understanding of social
connectedness and social engagement.
Chams, Nada, "Examining and Understanding Social Connectedness and Social Engagement Among Muslim Lebanese Canadian Older Adults" (2017). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 4844.