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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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SILVEIRA, Daniel Rocha; GIACOMIN, Karla Cristina; DIAS, Rosângela Correa  and  FIRMO, Josélia Oliveira Araújo. The fabric of resilience among the elderly and the reinvention of the self despite the difficulties faced. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2018, vol.21, n.3, pp.312-319. ISSN 1981-2256.


:To seek an understanding of how frail elderly persons construct resilience.


The “signs, meanings and actions” model was used. The population was randomly selected among elderly persons classified as robust or pre-frail in the FIBRA-study, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Thirteen elderly persons (aged 69 to 86) were interviewed.


a) the construction of bonds - a healthy relationship with spouses, sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brings meaning to and sustains life and contributes to its organization; b) the reinvention of oneself - when suffering trauma, elderly people seek paths that can give sense to life, even if difficult memories persist; c) religiosity: catholic, evangelical or spiritualist experiences strengthen; cures, protections and so-called miracles are valued, and the religious community represents a space for belonging.


Resilience is constructed through the bonds between the elderly person and those close to them, and in the search for solutions, including through the religious experience.

Keywords : Elderly; Psychological Resilience; Frail Elderly..

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