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The experiences of women (65–74 years) living with a long-term condition in the shadow of ageing

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Show simple record Roy, Dianne Giddings, Lynne 2012-03-13T22:32:15Z 2012-03-13T22:32:15Z 2012
dc.identifier.issn 0309-2402
dc.description.abstract Abstract Aims. This paper reports on a study that explored experiences of women (65–74 years) as they grow older while living with a long-term condition. The phenomenon of focus was ‘ageing with a long-term condition’, rather than the experience of developing a long-term condition after reaching older adulthood. Background. People with long-term conditions are living into older age. There is limited literature on the nexus of ageing with a long-term condition. It is known that ageing shapes and is shaped by women’s experiences of living with a long-term condition. Methods. In this interpretive descriptive study, nine women participated in a series of three focus groups held in 2007 and 2008. Transcripts were analysed thematically and participants given the opportunity to respond to the analysis. Findings. ‘In the shadow of ageing’ was the overarching theme. The women reported that although their long-term condition remained the referent point in their daily lives, for others including health professionals, the focus was on their appearance and the effects of older age. To overcome the back-grounding of their long-term condition, the women used ‘strategies already-in-place’; it became ‘just another thing to deal with’. Ageing, however, remained ‘a privilege’. Conclusion. If health professionals focus on age and its concomitant effects, rather than a woman’s long-term condition, they are at risk of delivering inappropriate care. They need to be prepared to advocate for the special needs of older women who live with a long-term condition and remain cognizant of the women’s resourcefulness and expertise developed over time. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.publisher Wiley en_NZ
dc.relation.uri en_NZ
dc.rights The definitive version of this article is available at en_NZ
dc.subject ageing, interpretive description, long-term conditions, chronic illness, nursing, primary health care, women’s health en_NZ
dc.title The experiences of women (65–74 years) living with a long-term condition in the shadow of ageing en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
dc.rights.holder Wiley-Blackwell en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05830.x en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden 111001 Aged Care Nursing en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Roy, D. E., & Giddings, L. S. (2012). The experiences of women (65–74 years) living with a long-term condition in the shadow of ageing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(1), 181-190. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05830.x en_NZ
unitec.institution Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ
unitec.publication.spage 181 en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage 190 en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume 68 en_NZ
unitec.publication.title Journal of Advanced Nursing en_NZ
unitec.peerreviewed yes en_NZ
unitec.identifier.roms 52077

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