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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155759
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Aging Happens – Experiences of Women Living Alone in Switzerland
Abstract:
Aging Happens – Experiences of Women Living Alone in Switzerland
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:June, 2001
Author:Petry, Heidi, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Basel
Older women and their experiences of the aging process have been almost invisible in nursing literature in Switzerland. The purpose of this study was to give beginning insights into how aging is experienced by women in the context of Swiss society. This research sought to critically explore how these experiences, attitudes, and concerns are shaped by historical, social, and political conditions. It was also a search for positive stories, counterbalancing the predominantly negative images of older women in Western societies. Accordingly, this research focused on exploring and telling the stories of older Swiss women living alone and presenting the experiences and concerns around the aging process from the women’s point of view. A qualitative, descriptive design employing critical hermeneutics and feminist methodologies was employed in this study. A purposeful sample of 9 women, 4 widows and 5 ever-single women, living alone in Switzerland participated. Age ranged from 73 - 89 years. 17 in-depth interviews were conducted and analyzed using hermeneutic analysis procedures. Aging happens, Independence, Being vulnerable Memory and Aging and If I had been a boy were the main themes discovered. These experiences represent how aging is shaped by individual life courses, socio-cultural conditions along with gender and class. Knowledge generated by this research will increase our understanding about the aging process in older women living alone in Switzerland. Such knowledge would be helpful in the identification of strategies that promote older women’s independence, to address their concerns and to design of further research to develop appropriate interventions that may advance independence for older women and assist them to identify their needs and possibilities.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jun-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAging Happens – Experiences of Women Living Alone in Switzerlanden_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155759-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Aging Happens &ndash; Experiences of Women Living Alone in Switzerland</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">Petry, Heidi, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Basel</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">heidi.petry@unibas.ch</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Older women and their experiences of the aging process have been almost invisible in nursing literature in Switzerland. The purpose of this study was to give beginning insights into how aging is experienced by women in the context of Swiss society. This research sought to critically explore how these experiences, attitudes, and concerns are shaped by historical, social, and political conditions. It was also a search for positive stories, counterbalancing the predominantly negative images of older women in Western societies. Accordingly, this research focused on exploring and telling the stories of older Swiss women living alone and presenting the experiences and concerns around the aging process from the women&rsquo;s point of view. A qualitative, descriptive design employing critical hermeneutics and feminist methodologies was employed in this study. A purposeful sample of 9 women, 4 widows and 5 ever-single women, living alone in Switzerland participated. Age ranged from 73 - 89 years. 17 in-depth interviews were conducted and analyzed using hermeneutic analysis procedures. Aging happens, Independence, Being vulnerable Memory and Aging and If I had been a boy were the main themes discovered. These experiences represent how aging is shaped by individual life courses, socio-cultural conditions along with gender and class. Knowledge generated by this research will increase our understanding about the aging process in older women living alone in Switzerland. Such knowledge would be helpful in the identification of strategies that promote older women&rsquo;s independence, to address their concerns and to design of further research to develop appropriate interventions that may advance independence for older women and assist them to identify their needs and possibilities.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:08:52Z-
dc.date.issued2001-06en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:08:52Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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