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The Benefits of Resilience

An opportunity to share your experiences of being resilient for an article in Reader's Digest.

  • Friday 17th August 2018 00:00 (1 day)
  • Public/Patient Representative
  • Influence


Lisa Fields, a freelance writer is writing an article for the European editions of Reader's Digest magazine about resiliency for older adults. The article will be aimed at adults aged 60 and older, to highlight the importance of being resilient and to help readers understand how they can live with joy and purpose, even if they've experienced disappointment, setbacks, heartbreak and loss in their lives.

Volunteer Criteria

To take part you must be aged 50 and older and have faced adversity but still have a positive outlook on life - you identify as being resilient. 

For example, someone may have:

  • been widowed young
  • lost irreplaceable possessions in a house fire
  • been fired from work in a vicious manner
  • been blindsided by a spouse who wanted a divorce when the marriage seemed happy
  • dealt with unemployment for a long time
  • been diagnosed with a chronic illness that encroaches upon independence
  • had a falling-out with an adult child that led to estrangement
  • made financial choices that left them financially precarious

These are just possible examples and the list is not exhaustive.

Lisa would like to hear from people who have improved their outlooks on life and personal situations by embracing resiliency e.g. finding a job unemployed, finding love again if divorced etc.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to share your story of how you dealt with a difficult situation in your life and how being resilient helped you move forward.

The final article will include interviews with researchers and other experts as well as including stories from people who identify as resilient. 

When and where?

The interview will be carried out by telephone and/or email. If you have been selected to take part you will be contacted after 17th August 2018.


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  • Bernie Wright
    6th August 2018

    If resilience in adversity is the same as tolerance to endure maybe the 'human condition' to overcome both is seen in every generation. The help available now affords benefits not experienced by past generations, so I agree John it was harder to succeed alone.

  • john & doreen lloyd
    2nd August 2018

    Living longer should increase resilience but having passed 90 milestones I think those who survive and prosper after adversity are a smaller percentage of every age group now than say 50 years ago!