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Self-care ability in a group of elderly Swedish people: a phenomenological study

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  • Olle Söderhamn Rnt

    1. Doctoral Student, Department of Medicine and Care, Division of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University and Vänersborg University College of Health Sciences, Vänersborg, Sweden
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Olle Söderhamn Vänersborg University College of Health␣Sciences, PO Box 236, S-462 23 Vänersborg, Sweden.

Abstract

Self-care ability in a group of elderly Swedish people: a phenomenological study The aims of this study were to describe self-care ability in a group of Swedish elderly and to elucidate the meaning of actualizing this self-care ability into self-care activity. Two different phenomenological methods were applied in the analyses of 11 self-reports written by home dwelling elderly in the community. The eidetic structure of self-care ability was twofold; it entailed, first, being present to the opportunity to act on certain perceived influences on the body and, second, alone or with support from somebody else to be able to bring about a change in attitude towards one's personal lifestyle or life situation. The meaning of actualizing this ability was interpreted as self-realization or self-transcendence.

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