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Healthy Ageing in Isan-Thai culture – A phenomenographic study based on older persons' lived experiences
Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna-Västerås, Sweden.
Boromarajonani College of Nursing Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna-Västerås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna-Västerås, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 11, 29463Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Healthy ageing is a concept that concerns older persons’ quality of life and is a key factor in promoting wellbeing. The older population in Thailand is growing. Isan (a region of north-eastern Thailand) has been reported as having one of the most rapidly increasing older populations in the country. In order to care for and promote the health of older people, healthcare providers should understand how healthy ageing is perceived by this target group. Although healthy ageing has been studied in different contexts as well as perspectives,no studies have previously focused on older persons’ experiences of healthy ageing from a life world perspective in Isan-Thai. Therefore, the aim of this study is to describe older persons’ qualitatively different conceptions of healthy ageing in Isan-Thai culture. A phenomenographic approach with an epistemological base in lifeworld theory was used to disclose the various ways to conceptualize healthy ageing. Individual, qualitative interviews were conducted with 17 older people aged 60 and above who live in Isan-Thai. The findings of this study revealed three categories of descriptions: “being independent in dependence”, “being at peace”, and “being a valuable person”. This study also found family members, friends, healthcare providers, and religion important to healthy ageing in the Isan-Thai culture. Understanding how older people conceptualize healthy aging is valuable for healthcare providers. They can apply these findings regarding healthy ageing in their fieldwork when caring for older people. © 2016 P. Manasatchakun et al.

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Järfälla: Co-Action Publishing , 2016. Vol. 11, 29463
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caring science, healthy ageing, Isan-Thai culture, lifeworld theory, phenomenography
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30772DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v11.29463ISI: 000372205200001PubMedID: 26960686Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84962295859OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30772DiVA: diva2:921149
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Available from: 2016-03-03 Created: 2016-04-19 Last updated: 2016-12-02Bibliographically approved

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