The experiences of older people who live with a long-term condition.

Hewitt-Taylor, J., Bond, C. S., Hean, S. and Barker, S. A., 2013. The experiences of older people who live with a long-term condition. Nursing Older People, 25 (6), 21 - 25 .

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DOI: 10.7748/nop2013.07.25.6.21.e425

Abstract

AIM: The aim of this study was to gain insight into the experiences of people aged 65 and older who have learned to live with a pre-existing long-term condition. METHOD: A qualitative approach and the principles of narrative research were used to learn as much as possible about the individuals' stories. A focus group of five men was interviewed and two women were interviewed as a pair. FINDINGS: Existing skills in condition management and interactions with professionals are transferable to new health needs that older people develop, but additional, age-related problems can affect management of long-term conditions. Progressive long-term conditions may become more difficult to manage with age, and it is difficult to distinguish between ageing processes and deterioration of pre-existing long-term conditions. Age-related social and financial changes and society's perception of older people may also present challenges to condition management. CONCLUSION: Nurses who care for older people should take into account the effects of the person's long-term condition and the ageing process when assessing their needs; understand that people may be reluctant to ask for practical assistance; explore existing support mechanisms that people have in place and their sustainability; and advocate with people to secure appropriate choices related to their health needs.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1472-0795
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:22481
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:23 Sep 2015 08:21
Last Modified:23 Sep 2015 08:21

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