The Wisdom of Older Gardeners: Gardening as a Source of Hope and Renewal in Everyday Life

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153962
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Presentation
Title:
The Wisdom of Older Gardeners: Gardening as a Source of Hope and Renewal in Everyday Life
Abstract:
The Wisdom of Older Gardeners: Gardening as a Source of Hope and Renewal in Everyday Life
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2010
Author:Collins, Carole Staley, PhD, MSN, BSN
P.I. Institution Name:The Catholic University of America
Title:Assistant Professor
21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: The demographics of our aging society globally suggest we must encourage a prevention focus to lessen the burden of chronic diseases to improve the quality of life in our communities. Recently gardening and yard work were second only to walking as a leisure-time physical activity of adults in the United States; globally it would likely be more important in these economic times. The World Health Organization's global strategy implementation articulates physical activity goals; gardening could be a means to "promote healthy living (better diet, more physical activity...) and healthy societies, especially for the poor and those living in disadvantaged populations." Our understanding of health outcomes pertaining to gardening is only just beginning to be realized and deserves further discussion for its pertinence to other population groups, too. Methods: In a hermeneutic phenomenological study exploring the lived experience of gardening for seven older adults, community-dwelling older gardeners' stories are lessons about hope and renewal in nature. In terms of health promotion, gardening sustains them. The research occurred with garden visits over a two-year period using two or more in-depth conversations with each gardener. Results: Gardening is a creative physical activity and a source of social support, enhancing their sense of place during the uncertainty of aging. Comito (1978) explains, "Gardening is the art of environment, and we should expect to find in a garden some evidence of its planner's sense of how he is related to the world" (p. 25). The gardeners show aspects of their lives characteristic of successful aging. Conclusion: Nursing implications reside with global policy development. In transitioning our understanding of the value of gardening beyond the individual level of analysis to a population focus, we can affirm this leisure-time physical activity for its benefits to communities.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Wisdom of Older Gardeners: Gardening as a Source of Hope and Renewal in Everyday Lifeen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153962-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Wisdom of Older Gardeners: Gardening as a Source of Hope and Renewal in Everyday Life</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Collins, Carole Staley, PhD, MSN, BSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The Catholic University of America</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Collinsc@cua.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: The demographics of our aging society globally suggest we must encourage a prevention focus to lessen the burden of chronic diseases to improve the quality of life in our communities. Recently gardening and yard work were second only to walking as a leisure-time physical activity of adults in the United States; globally it would likely be more important in these economic times. The World Health Organization's global strategy implementation articulates physical activity goals; gardening could be a means to &quot;promote healthy living (better diet, more physical activity...) and healthy societies, especially for the poor and those living in disadvantaged populations.&quot; Our understanding of health outcomes pertaining to gardening is only just beginning to be realized and deserves further discussion for its pertinence to other population groups, too. Methods: In a hermeneutic phenomenological study exploring the lived experience of gardening for seven older adults, community-dwelling older gardeners' stories are lessons about hope and renewal in nature. In terms of health promotion, gardening sustains them. The research occurred with garden visits over a two-year period using two or more in-depth conversations with each gardener. Results: Gardening is a creative physical activity and a source of social support, enhancing their sense of place during the uncertainty of aging. Comito (1978) explains, &quot;Gardening is the art of environment, and we should expect to find in a garden some evidence of its planner's sense of how he is related to the world&quot; (p. 25). The gardeners show aspects of their lives characteristic of successful aging. Conclusion: Nursing implications reside with global policy development. In transitioning our understanding of the value of gardening beyond the individual level of analysis to a population focus, we can affirm this leisure-time physical activity for its benefits to communities.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:38:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:38:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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