J Korean Acad Nurs.  2018 Jun;48(3):349-361. 10.4040/jkan.2018.48.3.349.

An Ethnography on the Healthy Life of the Aged Women Participating the Senior Centers

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Munkyung College, Mungyeong, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing · Institute of Health Science, Inje University, Busan, Korea. jhyang@inje.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This ethnography was performed to explore patterns and meanings of healthy life among aged women using senior centers.
METHODS
The informants were 21 individuals aged 65 years and older at 2 community-based senior centers. Data were collected from iterative fieldwork through in-depth interviews and participant observations and analyzed using text analysis and taxonomic methods developed by Spradley. Field notes were used with follow-up interviews and dialogue between authors to enhance interpretation.
RESULTS
Patterns of healthy life among aged women using senior centers were categorized by age groups within the context of the four cultural elements of taking care of the body, relationality, temporality, and spatiality: active and passive control, maintenance of interdependence and individuality, expansion and maintenance of the daily routine, unity of peer relations and sustenance of family relations, spending time productively and tediously, and complementary and alternative space of the family relations.
CONCLUSION
The informants in this study demonstrated healthy life by maintaining and strengthening continuous relationships developed in the senior centers without being isolated from the family and society. Patterns of their healthy life differed across age groups within the socio-cultural context. Therefore, interventions should be tailored to address age groups and community needs.

Keyword

Qualitative Research; Senior Centers; Aged; Healthy Lifestyle; Women's Health

MeSH Terms

Anthropology, Cultural*
Family Relations
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Individuality
Qualitative Research
Senior Centers*
Women's Health
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