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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158767
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Help-seeking patterns of older adults
Abstract:
Help-seeking patterns of older adults
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2000
Author:Krafcik, K.
P.I. Institution Name:Case Western Reserve University
Title:
Contact Address:10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA
Although older adults tend to be as self-reliant as possible, when faced with the challenges and losses associated with aging, they may seek out assistance from others. Seeking help is important for promoting health and has been associated with physical health and psychological well-being. The purpose of this study was to analyze the physical and psychosocial health of older adults and their help-seeking patterns. A convenience sample of 70 older adults who were receiving assistance with their activities of daily living, was recruited. Help-seeking patterns were measured by the Help-Seeking Behavior Scale which consists of 25 physical and psychological symptoms. The five most frequently identified symptoms by the elders were problems with muscles/joints, eyes/ears, sleep, swollen hands or feet, and feelings of sadness. Two-thirds of the older adults who complained of psychological symptoms employed self-help strategies for their management. Informal-help, which included help from friends, family members, and over-the-counter medications, was utilized to cope with the symptoms of frequent headaches, diarrhea/constipation, and muscle/joint problems. Older adults sought formal-help, assistance from health professionals, to treat symptoms such as shortness of breath, swollen hands or feet, and eye/ear problems. Nursing interventions to provide resources for health-seeking behaviors will be discussed.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHelp-seeking patterns of older adultsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158767-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Help-seeking patterns of older adults</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2000</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Krafcik, K.</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Case Western Reserve University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value"> </td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Although older adults tend to be as self-reliant as possible, when faced with the challenges and losses associated with aging, they may seek out assistance from others. Seeking help is important for promoting health and has been associated with physical health and psychological well-being. The purpose of this study was to analyze the physical and psychosocial health of older adults and their help-seeking patterns. A convenience sample of 70 older adults who were receiving assistance with their activities of daily living, was recruited. Help-seeking patterns were measured by the Help-Seeking Behavior Scale which consists of 25 physical and psychological symptoms. The five most frequently identified symptoms by the elders were problems with muscles/joints, eyes/ears, sleep, swollen hands or feet, and feelings of sadness. Two-thirds of the older adults who complained of psychological symptoms employed self-help strategies for their management. Informal-help, which included help from friends, family members, and over-the-counter medications, was utilized to cope with the symptoms of frequent headaches, diarrhea/constipation, and muscle/joint problems. Older adults sought formal-help, assistance from health professionals, to treat symptoms such as shortness of breath, swollen hands or feet, and eye/ear problems. Nursing interventions to provide resources for health-seeking behaviors will be discussed.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:22:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:22:36Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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