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Experiences of loneliness among the very old: the Umeå 85+ project.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2010 (English)In: Aging & Mental Health, ISSN 1360-7863, E-ISSN 1364-6915, Vol. 14, no 4, 433-438 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: This study aims to elucidate experiences of loneliness among the very old, who live alone. METHOD: Twenty-three women and seven men, aged 85-103 years, were interviewed about their experiences of loneliness. The text was subjected to qualitative content analysis. RESULT: The descriptions of loneliness were twofold: on the one hand, living with losses and feeling abandoned represented the limitations imposed by loneliness; and on the other, living in confidence and feeling free represented the opportunities of loneliness. The findings indicate that experiences of loneliness among the very old are complex, and concern their relations in the past, the present, and the future. CONCLUSION: Experiences of loneliness among the very old can be devastating or enriching, depending upon life circumstances and outlook on life and death. We interpreted these two aspects of loneliness as feelings of homelessness and at-homeness.

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2010. Vol. 14, no 4, 433-438 p.
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At-homeness, elderly, homelessness, loneliness, qualitative content analysis
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34605DOI: 10.1080/13607860903586078ISI: 000277438900008PubMedID: 20455119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-34605DiVA: diva2:323103
Available from: 2010-06-09 Created: 2010-06-09 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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