The meaning of life for elderly in a nursing home

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Authors
O'Rourke, Sarah
Issue Date
2010
Degree
BA (Hons) in Social Science
Publisher
Dublin Business School
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Abstract
This Final Year Project will explore the aspects of life that provide meaning to life for elderly in a Nursing Home. The elderly people range in age from mid sixties to late seventies. Each participant is of different back ground but are all native Irish. The study was carried out by using Qualitative Analysis which involved interviews each participant in relation to their sources to meaning of life. The study investigates the different views and attitudes the participants have towards the common themes which provide meaning to their lives. The common themes that were researched were the importance of family relationships, religion, activities, and staff relationships on the lives of the elderly participants. The results of the study showed participants to all find meaning of life through one or more of the common themes. It showed they are all happy as residents in the chosen Nursing Home and value their relationships with each other, family, and staff. This study adds to and related to the previous literature already published on this topic.