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Older women's experience of aging and health: an interpretive phenomenological study
Tuohy, Dympna; Cooney, Adeline
This interpretive phenomenological study explored older Irish women’s experiences of aging and health related issues. Method: Data were collected using in-depth interviews with 23 older women (coresearchers). Data analysis followed the “Vancouver school of doing phenomenology” framework and included a meta-synthesis of individual case constructions. Results: “Retaining autonomy within a process of adaptation and continued engagement” describes the essential meaning of coresearchers’ experiences. Four themes were identified: “Being in control: Balancing needs and supports,” “Navigating a changing world,” “Being connected and involved,” “Trying to stay well.” Discussion: Gender shapes older women’s experience of aging, health, and ill health. Three major factors moderate their experience: autonomy and control, proactivity and adaptability, and staying engaged with life. The study concludes that aging, gender, and health are intrinsically linked and collectively shape older women’s experience. This is an important consideration when planning gender-appropriate health care services for older women. PUBLISHED peer-reviewed
Keyword(s): gerontology; gender/sexuality; community; active life/physical activity
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): Gerontoloyg and Geriatric Medicine;5, pp. 1-10
Publisher(s): SAGE Publications
First Indexed: 2019-03-16 06:26:20 Last Updated: 2019-03-16 06:26:20