Volume 14, Issue 4 (Winter 2020)                   Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing 2020, 14(4): 478-493 | Back to browse issues page

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Sadeghmoghadam L, Foroughan M, Mohammadi Shahboulaghi F, Ahmadi F, Nazari S, Farhadi A et al . The Lived Experiences of Aging in Older Adults: A Phenomenological Study. Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing. 2020; 14 (4) :478-493
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1- Department of Nursing, Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Gonabad, Iran.
2- Department of Aging, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , M_Foroughan@yahoo.com
3- Department of Nursing, University Of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
4- Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran. Iran.
5- Department of Nursing, School of Nursing And Midwifery, Tehran University Of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran.
6- Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bushehr university of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran.
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Objectives Understanding the concept of aging and its experience from the perspective of the elderly people can provide a deeper and more realistic understanding of the phenomenon and their problems and needs. The present study aims to understand and explain the lived experiences of aging in older adults living in Iran.
Methods & Materials This study used hermeneutic phenomenological method to gather data, and Van Manen’s method was used for data analysis. Sampling was conducted from June 2014 to August 2015 and continued until new theme were provided. Data were collected through 10 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with older people and then were analyzed for explaining the concept of aging.
Results Seven themes were extracted from the data, including the scent of deterioration, submerging in the turbulence of thoughts, lost dignity, deepened spiritual tendencies, wishing a happy life for others, transcendentalism and keeping possessions. Based on these themes, the concept of aging was explained.
Conclusion Older people’s perceptions of aging can provide valuable data to gerontologists and professionals in related health, education and social fields to be used for reducing the existing problems, future planning for the elderly, better communication with this group, and improving aging knowledge the quality of life aged people.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: gerontology
Received: 2018/04/20 | Accepted: 2019/04/10 | Published: 2020/02/29

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