Commentary on “self-care activities captured through discussion among community dwelling elders

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan A. Letvak, Professor, Department Chair, & Undergraduate Programs Director (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The purpose of Dunn and Riley-Doucet’s study was to identify holistic self-care activities used to maintain health by older adults. Four focus groups were held to collect data from 28 older adults who were recruited from an urban senior center and senior housing complex. The majority of the participants were non-White (61%) women (79%). The study was guided by Dossey, Keegan, and Guzzetta’s (2000) holistic nursing model. Interview questions were developed based on the model and were specific to biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimen-sions of holistic being. Data on self-care activities were coded as “doing activities” or “being activities” within these four dimensions. The five themes that described holistic well-being included having faith ways, positive energy, support systems, wellness activities, and affirmative self-appraisal.

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Journal of Holistic Nursing, 25(3), 170-171
Language: English
Date: 2007
Holistic self-care, Older adults, Self-care activities

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