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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154722
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Well Elderly and Their Concept of Health
Abstract:
The Well Elderly and Their Concept of Health
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:June, 2001
Author:Orb, Angelica
P.I. Institution Name:Curtin University of Technology
Objectives: 1). To describe the perceptions of elderly people of their concept of health. 2). To identify the factors that facilitate their long life health care practices. Design: Qualitative and integrated literature review. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Elderly people over 80 years of age. A purposive sample, of eleven elderly residents living in independent residential accommodation located in Perth, Western Australia, was used. The study was conducted between 1999 and 2000. Concept or Variable Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variable(s): Concept of health. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted, using open-ended questions. Data were collected in the participants’ home. Data were analyzed using content analysis to identify the themes emerging from the data. Findings: The preliminary analysis of the data indicated that the concept of health for this group of elderly people, is not an isolated event but rather it involves all the activities of their lives. They recognized that life was not always easy and that there were times of hardship. These participants considered that the ageing process is constantly reminding them that they need to adapt to their physical changes. However, the secret of their wellness is to keep occupied. Although their monetary restriction is a constant reminder of the social status as pensioners, these participants claimed that they are content with their life. Conclusions: This study explored the concept of health as perceived by eleven elderly residents living in independent residential accommodation. Evidence suggests that the perception of elderly people of their concept of health is associated with the sense of well being and fulfillment. Implications: The rapidly growing number of elderly people poses a challenge to nurses. Therefore, they must develop skills in understanding the health needs and practices of well elderly people. Nurses should decrease the tendency to fragment nursing care and should consider health as the bases of patient care. Nurses are in an excellent position to assist and encourage elderly people to live a healthy life.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jun-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Well Elderly and Their Concept of Healthen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154722-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Well Elderly and Their Concept of Health</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">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">June, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Orb, Angelica</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Curtin University of Technology</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">a.orb@curtin.edu.au</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objectives: 1). To describe the perceptions of elderly people of their concept of health. 2). To identify the factors that facilitate their long life health care practices. Design: Qualitative and integrated literature review. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Elderly people over 80 years of age. A purposive sample, of eleven elderly residents living in independent residential accommodation located in Perth, Western Australia, was used. The study was conducted between 1999 and 2000. Concept or Variable Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variable(s): Concept of health. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted, using open-ended questions. Data were collected in the participants&rsquo; home. Data were analyzed using content analysis to identify the themes emerging from the data. Findings: The preliminary analysis of the data indicated that the concept of health for this group of elderly people, is not an isolated event but rather it involves all the activities of their lives. They recognized that life was not always easy and that there were times of hardship. These participants considered that the ageing process is constantly reminding them that they need to adapt to their physical changes. However, the secret of their wellness is to keep occupied. Although their monetary restriction is a constant reminder of the social status as pensioners, these participants claimed that they are content with their life. Conclusions: This study explored the concept of health as perceived by eleven elderly residents living in independent residential accommodation. Evidence suggests that the perception of elderly people of their concept of health is associated with the sense of well being and fulfillment. Implications: The rapidly growing number of elderly people poses a challenge to nurses. Therefore, they must develop skills in understanding the health needs and practices of well elderly people. Nurses should decrease the tendency to fragment nursing care and should consider health as the bases of patient care. Nurses are in an excellent position to assist and encourage elderly people to live a healthy life.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:13:32Z-
dc.date.issued2001-06en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:13:32Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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