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  • 1.
    Dorell, Åsa
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Sundin, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Becoming visible: Experiences from families participating in Family Health Conversations at residential homes for older people2016In: Geriatric Nursing, ISSN 0197-4572, E-ISSN 1528-3984, Vol. 37, no 4, p. 260-265Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Having a sick family member living at a residential home for older people can be difficult for families, who as a result often suffer from feelings of forsakenness and powerlessness. In response, the purpose of this study was to illuminate family members' experiences with participating in Family Health Conversations at residential homes for older persons 6 months after concluding the conversation series. Twenty-two family members who participated in the conversations later took part in group interviews, the texts of which were analyzed according to qualitative content analysis. Findings showed that participating in Family Health Conversations mediated consolation, since within such a liberating communicative interaction, family members for the first time felt visible as persons with individual significance. Family members reported a positive experience involving both being open to each other and speaking and listening to each other in a new, structured way. As a result, families were able to discover their family members' problems and suffering, as well as to identify their family's resources and strengths.

  • 2.
    Lundman, Berit
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Jonsén, Elisabeth
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Lövheim, Hugo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Nygren, Björn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Fischer, Regina Santamäki
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Strandberg, Gunilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Inner strength in relation to functional status, disease, living arrangements, and social relationships among people aged 85 years and older2012In: Geriatric Nursing, ISSN 0197-4572, E-ISSN 1528-3984, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 167-176Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Inner strength is described as an important resource that promotes well-being. We used data from a sample of 185 people in the Umeå 85+ cohort study to relate inner strength and its attributes to objective health variables. The Resilience, Sense of Coherence, Purpose in Life, and Self-Transcendence scales were used to assess aspects of inner strength, and strong correlations between the scales were found. Prevalence of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, osteoporosis, or diagnosed depression was associated with low inner strength. Significant relationships were also found between high inner strength and various measures of social relationships. Participants with a higher degree of inner strength had better physical health and more satisfying social relationships. The promotion of inner strength should be a major aim of geriatric nursing.

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