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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159270
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Use of Laughter and Humor in Elderly Spirited Women
Abstract:
Use of Laughter and Humor in Elderly Spirited Women
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, RN
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:, 2001 B Ashley Woods Dr, Westfield, IN, 46074, USA
With advances in medical technology, surgical procedures, and medications, life span has been lengthened. However, quality of life issues may also increase along with years. The purpose of this paper is to learn from the wisdom of spirited elderly women how they have found inner strength to “keep going” though difficult times and find meaning and purpose in their lives. Conceptual Foundation: Watson’s Theory of Human Caring (1979) is the underlying framework for this research trajectory, exploring the significance of transcendence and other spiritual factors in maintaining the well being of older women with chronic illnesses. Description of Sample: The study sample consisted of 30 women 65 of age and older with characteristics of being strong and spirited. Elderly women were recruited from geriatrician’s office, congregations, residential care facilities, and the community at large. Methods: Focus group methodology was used. Women shared a brief life review and the meaning of inner strength in their lives. Questions were used to facilitate sharing. Sessions were audiotaped, transcribed and analyzed using Colaizzi’s method. Research Findings: This presentation will focus on findings from one of eight overall themes, “use of laughter and humor to transcend the self and difficult life situations”: 1) Enduring suffering; 2) A fighting spirit; 3) Use humor - Why not?; 4) Bursts of laughter and humor; 5) Building connections of love and support; 6) Living in the moment; 7 A spirit at peace: transcending the moment. Quotes will be shared exemplifying each theme. Conclusions: Experiences of these women are a legacy to other women living with chronic illnesses. Findings contribute to development of creative quality of life nursing interventions. Knowledge from this study also gives nurses a richer, deeper view of the more transcendent aspects of how elderly women live with inner strength and spirit.
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.titleUse of Laughter and Humor in Elderly Spirited Womenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159270-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Use of Laughter and Humor in Elderly Spirited Women </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">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">, 2001 B Ashley Woods Dr, Westfield, IN, 46074, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">With advances in medical technology, surgical procedures, and medications, life span has been lengthened. However, quality of life issues may also increase along with years. The purpose of this paper is to learn from the wisdom of spirited elderly women how they have found inner strength to &ldquo;keep going&rdquo; though difficult times and find meaning and purpose in their lives. Conceptual Foundation: Watson&rsquo;s Theory of Human Caring (1979) is the underlying framework for this research trajectory, exploring the significance of transcendence and other spiritual factors in maintaining the well being of older women with chronic illnesses. Description of Sample: The study sample consisted of 30 women 65 of age and older with characteristics of being strong and spirited. Elderly women were recruited from geriatrician&rsquo;s office, congregations, residential care facilities, and the community at large. Methods: Focus group methodology was used. Women shared a brief life review and the meaning of inner strength in their lives. Questions were used to facilitate sharing. Sessions were audiotaped, transcribed and analyzed using Colaizzi&rsquo;s method. Research Findings: This presentation will focus on findings from one of eight overall themes, &ldquo;use of laughter and humor to transcend the self and difficult life situations&rdquo;: 1) Enduring suffering; 2) A fighting spirit; 3) Use humor - Why not?; 4) Bursts of laughter and humor; 5) Building connections of love and support; 6) Living in the moment; 7 A spirit at peace: transcending the moment. Quotes will be shared exemplifying each theme. Conclusions: Experiences of these women are a legacy to other women living with chronic illnesses. Findings contribute to development of creative quality of life nursing interventions. Knowledge from this study also gives nurses a richer, deeper view of the more transcendent aspects of how elderly women live with inner strength and spirit.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:51:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:51:41Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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