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Embracing opposites: meanings of growing old as narrated by people aged 85
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2008 (English)In: The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, ISSN 0091-4150, Vol. 67, no 3, 259-271 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many old people suffer from prolonged and multiple bodily ailments, new diseases, and increased risk for disadvantages and losses in life. Aging also means becoming mature and wise. This study illuminates the meaning of the lived experience with respect to changes in late life. Using a phenomenological hermeneutic method, this study analyzes transcribed interviews of 15 85-year-old people. Four themes were formulated: embracing weakness and strength, embracing slowness and swiftness of time, embracing reconciliation and regret, and embracing connectedness and loneliness. From these analyses, growing old was described as—maintaining one's identity in spite of the changes that come with aging and, embracing opposites—being changed and feeling being the same.

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Farmingdale, N.Y.: Baywood , 2008. Vol. 67, no 3, 259-271 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11331DOI: doi:10.2190/AG.67.3.dPubMedID: 19049246OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-11331DiVA: diva2:151002
Available from: 2008-12-16 Created: 2008-12-16 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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