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"Struggling for independence'': The meaning of being an oldest old man in a rural area. Interpretation of oldest old men's narrations
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences. Department of Health Sciences, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Namsos, Norway.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences. Department of Health Sciences, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Namsos, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1614-7379
Department of Health Sciences, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Namsos, Norway.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 9, no 1, Art. no. 23088- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The amount of older people receiving home nursing care is increasing; in rural areas, they are at additional risk because of the distance between people and health care facilities. No specific studies have been found about oldest old men living alone and receiving home nursing care and the meaning of living alone in one's own home. The aim of this study was therefore to illuminate the meaning of being an oldest old man living alone in a rural area and receiving home nursing care. A sample of 12 oldest old men living in rural areas in the middle of Norway was chosen for this study. Narrative interviews were conducted, and data were analyzed using the phenomenological hermeneutical method. After a naive reading and a structural analysis of the text, we identified three themes: feelings of insufficiency in everyday life, finding hope in life, and feeling reconciliation with life. The comprehensive understanding suggested that being an oldest old man living alone in a rural area means a struggle between a dependent existence and a desire to be independent. Living in the tension between independence and dependency is a complex emotional situation where one is trying to accept the consequences of life and loss-reconciling the wish to live with the fact that life will come to an end.

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2014. Vol. 9, no 1, Art. no. 23088- p.
Keyword [en]
Oldest old, phenomenological hermeneutics, rural
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Nursing Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22009DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v9.23088ISI: 000331625400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84894588403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-22009DiVA: diva2:721195
Available from: 2014-06-03 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Home nursing care in rural areas: Stories from oldest old persons living alone and their nurses
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2015. 58 p.
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Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 225
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Nursing
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urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26297 (URN)978-91-88025-28-9 (ISBN)
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2015-06-05, 10:15 (Norwegian)
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Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2015-12-22Bibliographically approved

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