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Journal:   JOURNAL OF AGING PSYCHOLOGY   2017 , Volume 3 , Number 1 #B0070; Page(s) 31 To 43.
 
Paper:  EXAMINING THE ELDERLY WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES OF LONELINESS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY
 
Author(s):  IMANZADEH ALI, ALIPOOR SARIE
 
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Abstract: 

Given the growing population of the elderly, paying attention to their quality of life is one of the key factors in social health. One of the factors affecting the quality of life of the elderly is loneliness. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to describe and explain seniors' experiences of loneliness. The present study was carried out using qualitative and phenomenological methods and purposive sampling was done by conducting deep interpretive interviews with 19 elderly women. The interviews were recorded and analyzed by the Streubert/Carpenter method. The findings from the experiences of elderly women of loneliness have been identified in five main themes including “the causes of loneliness in the elderly”, “physical condition”, “being abused”, “positive attitude towards the elderly”, and “ways to reduce loneliness”. Sub-themes were obtained from the core of the main themes including avoiding activities of interest, children leaving home and death of the spouse, hearing impairment, pain and walking problems, Alzheimer's disease, feeling of being a burden, rejection from the family, problems of the children's lives, being considered a blessing or not, dutifulness, attachment level of children, increasing connection with God and attending religious places, attention the physical health of the elderly and the increasing social relationships of the elderly. It is necessary for health authorities to develop support strategies by family members, health care providers and policymakers, and to adopt programs for educating families with elderly members.

 
Keyword(s): LIVED EXPERIENCE, ELDERLY WOMEN, LONELINESS
 
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