The experiences of older people who live with a long-term condition

Authors: Hewitt-Taylor, J., Bond, C., Hean, S. and Barker, S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22481/

Journal: Nursing Older People

Volume: 25

Issue: 6

Pages: 21-25

ISSN: 1472-0795

DOI: 10.7748/nop2013.07.25.6.21.e425

AIM:

The aim of this study was to gain insight into the experiences of people aged 65 and older who have learned to live with a pre-existing long-term condition.

METHOD:

A qualitative approach and the principles of narrative research were used to learn as much as possible about the individuals' stories. A focus group of five men was interviewed and two women were interviewed as a pair.

FINDINGS:

Existing skills in condition management and interactions with professionals are transferable to new health needs that older people develop, but additional, age-related problems can affect management of long-term conditions. Progressive long-term conditions may become more difficult to manage with age, and it is difficult to distinguish between ageing processes and deterioration of pre-existing long-term conditions. Age-related social and financial changes and society's perception of older people may also present challenges to condition management.

CONCLUSION:

Nurses who care for older people should take into account the effects of the person's long-term condition and the ageing process when assessing their needs; understand that people may be reluctant to ask for practical assistance; explore existing support mechanisms that people have in place and their sustainability; and advocate with people to secure appropriate choices related to their health needs.

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