Women over the age of 85 years who live alone: A descriptive study

Foster, Pam and Neville, Stephen (2010) Women over the age of 85 years who live alone: A descriptive study. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 26 1: 4-13.

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Author Foster, Pam
Neville, Stephen
Title Women over the age of 85 years who live alone: A descriptive study
Journal name Nursing Praxis in New Zealand   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0112-7438
Publication date 2010-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 13
Total pages 10
Place of publication Palmerston North, New Zealand
Publisher Nursing Praxis in New Zealand
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract New Zealand as a society is ageing. This translates to an increasing number of people particularly women, over the age of 85 years. Despite many older women living alone, they are often perceived by both society and health professionals as frail and dependent. This qualitative study was designed to explore and describe experiences of older women who lived alone in the community. A qualitative descriptive methodology underpinned the study. A sample of five older women who lived alone in their own homes was interviewed. Data were analysed using a general inductive approach. Three themes emerged which reflected the reality of living by themselves: “active participation”, “keeping control”, and” healthy living”. The information gained from describing the lives of this group of women suggests that many older women are able to live full and successful independent lives in the community. This research provides nursing with a better understanding of the realities for older women who live alone. Finally, this paper will provide nurses with some ideas about how best to support this group of people as they age.
Keyword Independence
Older women
Gerontological nursing
Living alone
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