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Embracing opposites: meanings of growing old as narrated by people aged 85
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research. Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
2008 (English)In: The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, ISSN 0091-4150, Vol. 67, no 3, 259-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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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2008. Vol. 67, no 3, 259-71 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-416PubMedID: 19049246OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-416DiVA: diva2:327870
Available from: 2010-06-30 Created: 2010-06-30 Last updated: 2016-12-05Bibliographically approved

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