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Older women's experience of aging and health: an interpretive phenomenological study

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dc.contributor.author Tuohy, Dympna
dc.contributor.author Cooney, Adeline
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-14T12:13:02Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-14T12:13:02Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7697
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract 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. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Gerontoloyg and Geriatric Medicine;5, pp. 1-10
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1177/2333721419834308
dc.subject gerontology en_US
dc.subject gender/sexuality en_US
dc.subject community en_US
dc.subject active life/physical activity en_US
dc.title Older women's experience of aging and health: an interpretive phenomenological study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2019-03-14T12:07:24Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/2333721419834308
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2864131
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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