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The influence of light and nature on health and well-being: A phenomenological study among a group of elderly in Iceland
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic School of Public Health NHV.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Elderly people’s experiences of what embodies a rewarding old age and vitality form a vital premise for developing comprehensive age-related services.This study sought to increase knowledge and deepen understanding of elderly people ́s life.

The objective: This study aimed to investigate how lightand nature influence elderly people ́s experience of health and well-beingin Iceland.

Method: We applied the Vancouver School phenomenological method to data accumulated from,interviews with 10people(6women and 4men) with anaverage age of 80.9 years. Participants were residents of Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður,and Mosfellsbær.

Findings: Participants reported that light and nature were important. Although individual definitions varied, they loved nature and described it as akin to life itself. Twilight had a special place, bringing a sense of romance. All participants felt physically and mentally healthy during the interview process. Nevertheless, each of them had experienceda variety of health-related difficulties in the past. They felt that vitality and mental and physical equilibrium form the basis of are warding old age.

Conclusion: From birth,an individual is part of his environment, which shapes him. This process is always active(i.e., anindividual re-analyses and values his health and well-being as conditions change). Although the values forming that basis vary, an individual must establish a balance between body and soul to feel healthy and achievewell-being. The findings reported here throw light on those factors which elderly people feel promote health and well-being, and are of value for those who study, teach and provide services for them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 61 p.
Master of Public Health, MPH, ISSN 1104-5701 ; 2013:3
Keyword [en]
Elderly, Nature, Light, Health, Well - Being
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-2557OAI: diva2:703991
2013-05-03, Nordic School of Public Health NHV, Box 12133, 40242 Göteborg, Sverige, 00:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-03-10 Created: 2014-03-10 Last updated: 2015-01-30Bibliographically approved

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