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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156301
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Living with a Disability; Older People's Accounts of Their Reality
Abstract:
Living with a Disability; Older People's Accounts of Their Reality
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Cooney, Adeline, RGN, BNS, RNT, MMedSc, (Nurs)
P.I. Institution Name:National University of Ireland, Galway
Title:Deputy Head
Co-Authors:Dympna Casey, PhD, RGN, BA, MA; Kathy Murphy, PhD, RN, BA, RNT and Eamon O'Shea, PhD
[Research Presentation] The paper presents the findings of a research study carried out in Ireland in 2006 (Murphy et al., 2007).á A grounded theory approach guided study design.áSemi-structured interviews were conducted with 122 older people. Participants suffered from one of the following disabilities: depression (n = 20), stroke (n = 20), a sensory disability (n = 20), dementia (n = 18), arthritis (n = 20) or a learning disability (n = 24).á All lived at home but the majority attended either a Day Centre (66%) or a voluntary group/association (25%).áThe constant comparative technique was used to analyse data.áThis paper aims to 'paint a picture' of the range of experiences of participants focusing particularly on the strategies older people used to live as normal a life as possible. ParticipantsÆ accounts suggest that living with a disability comprises of a balancing act involving a trade-off between taking risks and having to be sensible. Some participants showed enormous tenacity in continuing to live life on their terms. These participants viewed their disability as a challenge and concentrated on rising to the challenge. Others were stoical, resigning themselves to a radically altered life. Participants' response to their disability was largely determined by the severity of their symptoms. Some participants had no option but to live a very restricted life as a result of their physical or mental disability. In this context, retaining autonomy and independence, no matter how small, was important. Several factors impacted on participants' experiences of living with their disability. These include: the severity of their symptoms, whether the onset of the disability was gradual or traumatic, their personality and general attitude to life and whether they had good support from family or caretakers. Participants''experiences raise several issues for service delivery and these will be explored in this paper.
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.titleLiving with a Disability; Older People's Accounts of Their Realityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156301-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Living with a Disability; Older People's Accounts of Their Reality</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">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Cooney, Adeline, RGN, BNS, RNT, MMedSc, (Nurs)</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">National University of Ireland, Galway</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Deputy Head</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">adeline.cooney@nuigalway.ie</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Dympna Casey, PhD, RGN, BA, MA; Kathy Murphy, PhD, RN, BA, RNT and Eamon O'Shea, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] The paper presents the findings of a research study carried out in Ireland in 2006 (Murphy et al., 2007).&aacute; A grounded theory approach guided study design.&aacute;Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 122 older people. Participants suffered from one of the following disabilities: depression (n = 20), stroke (n = 20), a sensory disability (n = 20), dementia (n = 18), arthritis (n = 20) or a learning disability (n = 24).&aacute; All lived at home but the majority attended either a Day Centre (66%) or a voluntary group/association (25%).&aacute;The constant comparative technique was used to analyse data.&aacute;This paper aims to 'paint a picture' of the range of experiences of participants focusing particularly on the strategies older people used to live as normal a life as possible. Participants&AElig; accounts suggest that living with a disability comprises of a balancing act involving a trade-off between taking risks and having to be sensible. Some participants showed enormous tenacity in continuing to live life on their terms. These participants viewed their disability as a challenge and concentrated on rising to the challenge. Others were stoical, resigning themselves to a radically altered life. Participants' response to their disability was largely determined by the severity of their symptoms. Some participants had no option but to live a very restricted life as a result of their physical or mental disability. In this context, retaining autonomy and independence, no matter how small, was important. Several factors impacted on participants' experiences of living with their disability. These include: the severity of their symptoms, whether the onset of the disability was gradual or traumatic, their personality and general attitude to life and whether they had good support from family or caretakers. Participants''experiences raise several issues for service delivery and these will be explored in this paper.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:38:57Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:38:57Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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