Walking on the edge: meanings of living in an ageing body and using a walker in everyday life - a phenomenological hermeneutic study
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Older People Nursing, ISSN 1748-3735, E-ISSN 1748-3743, Vol. 8, no 2, 116-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background. In order to maintain one’s state of health whilst growing older, the ability to walk is essential.
Aim and objective. The aim of this study was to illuminate the meanings of the lived experience of living in an ageing body and using a walker in daily life.
Methods. Narrative interviews were performed with seven older persons aged 79–95 years. The transcribed text was analysed using a phenomenological hermeneutic method.
Results. The key finding of the study was that the lived experience of living in an ageing body and using a walker in daily life was interpreted as ‘walking on the edge’ based on the themes ‘Being vulnerable and dependent’ and ‘Being confident and independent’.
Conclusions. The results highlight the importance of reflecting on this phenomenon as a health care professional while meeting the care needs of older persons who use walkers.
Implications for practice. Nurses need to consider the walker as a personal and valued possession of the individual and handle the walker in agreement with the older person, placing the walker close at hand with the brakes locked to give secure support.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 8, no 2, 116-122 p.
Ageing body, phenomenological hermeneutics, walker
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57048DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2012.00334.xPubMedID: 22676835OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-57048DiVA: diva2:539038