ERIC Number: ED255797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-18
Reference Count: 0
Gender and Role as Issues in Ambulatory Health Service Utilization by Older Women.
Mahoney, Diane Feeney
Sexism in women's health care has received increasing attention through the women's movement. Many alternative efforts at reform have been targeted to women in their reproductive years, but the older woman has not had similar efforts designed to alter her situation. A Senior Health Center was established by one community hospital to provide ambulatory services to older adults in the community. Many older women who sought the services of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at this center reported negative sexist experiences with health care in the past. Senior health centers can provide these patients with an alternative to the traditional medical practice. The nurse practitioner can provide the nursing qualities of caring and sensitivity to people's needs, and can add a humanistic influence on medical care. By providing accurate information to older women about their bodies and the aging process, nursing care can enhance the self-esteem of older women patients and can enable them to participate as active, informed consumers of health care. Osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, atrophic vaginitis, lifestyle adaptations to widowhood, diminished income, and relocation are but a few of the crises faced by older women and are areas in which the health provider can serve to create modes of support. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).