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Table 4 Prevailing themes per respondent on health decline and social network change

From: The impact of social network change and health decline: a qualitative study on experiences of older adults who are ageing in place

Nr Gender Prevailing themeshealth decline Prevailing themes social network change
1 F Temporarily losing yourself Gratitude for support
   Preferring permanent medical attention and involvement Persisting social engagement
2 M Preferring permanent medical attention and involvement Regretting social network losses
   Adapting oneself and continuing life Gratitude for support
    Persisting social engagement
3 M Preferring permanent medical attention and involvement Regretting (temporary?) social network losses
   Home (bitter) sweet home Gratitude for support
    Persisting social engagement
4 F Adapting oneself and continuing life (negatively) Regretting social network losses (earlier age)
    Gratitude for support
5 M Preferring permanent medical attention and involvement Regretting social network losses
   Home (bitter) sweet home Gratitude for support
   Being aware of a permanent setback Persisting social engagement
6 F Adapting oneself and continuing life (positively) Gratitude for support
    Persisting social engagement
7 M Home (bitter) sweet home Regretting social network losses
   Being aware of a permanent setback Gratitude for support
   Adapting oneself and continuing life (negatively)