The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the elderly*s and family's perceptions of aging. The null hypothesis stated that when the elderly's and family's perceptions of aging were compared, as determined by scores on the "Perceptions about Aging" survey, there would be no significant difference at the .05 level. Data were collected from 60 subjects. Thirty were individuals age 65 and above, and 3 0 were non-elderly family members, one for each participant, who had had contact with the elderly subject at least once a week. All subjects were administered the "Perceptions about Aging" survey. The scores of the elderly and family member were then compared utilizing the t-test at the .05 level of significance. The results demonstrated a significant difference between the elderly's and family's perceptions of aging, Thus, the researcher rejected the null hypothesis.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Mary Patricia Curtis

Second Advisor

Phyllis Werner

Third Advisor

B.J. Landis

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Nursing Commons