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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158162
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Every Age Has its Joy: Aging, Health Beliefs and Mexican American Women
Abstract:
Every Age Has its Joy: Aging, Health Beliefs and Mexican American Women
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2005
Author:Dunn, Mary, PhD, APRN, BC
P.I. Institution Name:University of Texas HSC at San Antonio School of Nursing
Title:Associate Professor and Chair
Co-Authors:Pamela Hodges, Teri Sanchez, Valerie Remling
Purpose/Aims: The purpose of this study was to discover the meaning of aging from the perspective of older Mexican American women. Background: Older Mexican American women experience a higher prevalence of chronic illnesses and losses in cognitive and physical function than European American women. Reducing health disparities and increasing years and quality of life are the focus of national health and research objectives. We do not have a complete understanding of how ethnicity influences health and illness management in older women or how Mexican American women view quality of life. Methods: Group interviews with Mexican American women aged 65-97 were conducted by a bilingual older Mexican American research associate as part of a larger study of predictors of physical function. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed in Spanish and translated into English. Spradley's (1979) methods for domain and theme analysis were used to extract the meaning of aging, how aging changed physical functioning, and factors influencing women's management of health and illness. Outcomes: A consistent theme, "every age has its joy," reflected beliefs embedded in personal strength, life satisfaction, la familia, and hope for the future. In spite of this sample's lower incomes, high prevalence of symptoms of chronic illness, and less acculturation, very few had dampened spirits or were scored as depressed on the Geriatric Depression Scale. Their health practices included reliance on a combination of natural remedies learned within their families of origin in addition to medications prescribed by physicians. Trips to Mexico for health care were not uncommon, especially in women who were uninsured or could not afford to see a US physician. Conclusions: The beliefs of Mexican American women about aging, health and illness were framed by a unique cultural perspective. Nursing can develop effective interventions if we better understand deeply held values and beliefs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvery Age Has its Joy: Aging, Health Beliefs and Mexican American Womenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158162-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Every Age Has its Joy: Aging, Health Beliefs and Mexican American Women</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Dunn, Mary, PhD, APRN, BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Texas HSC at San Antonio School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor and Chair</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dunnm@uthscsa.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Pamela Hodges, Teri Sanchez, Valerie Remling</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose/Aims: The purpose of this study was to discover the meaning of aging from the perspective of older Mexican American women. Background: Older Mexican American women experience a higher prevalence of chronic illnesses and losses in cognitive and physical function than European American women. Reducing health disparities and increasing years and quality of life are the focus of national health and research objectives. We do not have a complete understanding of how ethnicity influences health and illness management in older women or how Mexican American women view quality of life. Methods: Group interviews with Mexican American women aged 65-97 were conducted by a bilingual older Mexican American research associate as part of a larger study of predictors of physical function. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed in Spanish and translated into English. Spradley's (1979) methods for domain and theme analysis were used to extract the meaning of aging, how aging changed physical functioning, and factors influencing women's management of health and illness. Outcomes: A consistent theme, &quot;every age has its joy,&quot; reflected beliefs embedded in personal strength, life satisfaction, la familia, and hope for the future. In spite of this sample's lower incomes, high prevalence of symptoms of chronic illness, and less acculturation, very few had dampened spirits or were scored as depressed on the Geriatric Depression Scale. Their health practices included reliance on a combination of natural remedies learned within their families of origin in addition to medications prescribed by physicians. Trips to Mexico for health care were not uncommon, especially in women who were uninsured or could not afford to see a US physician. Conclusions: The beliefs of Mexican American women about aging, health and illness were framed by a unique cultural perspective. Nursing can develop effective interventions if we better understand deeply held values and beliefs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:34:15Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:34:15Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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