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ERIC Number: EJ773487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
The Meaning of the Future for the Oldest Old
Nilsson, Margareta; Sarvimaki, Anneli; Ekman, Sirkka-Liisa
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v56 n4 p345-364 2003
The aim of the study was to highlight the oldest old people's view of their future from a perspective of philosophy of life. Data was collected by means of life story interviews with 15 persons. The analysis was performed by utilizing a phenomenological hermeneutic method and the interpretation was guided by the conceptual framework of philosophy of life as designated by Jeffner (1988). The following themes emerged: future seen as everyday life; future-oriented values; and thoughts about life and death. The oldest old were found to view their future in ways that ranged from a tangible positive approach via a wait-and-see policy to a negative approach. Their perception of their future implied two different time perspectives, their immediate future and a more long-term perspective of the future. Furthermore, the future was experienced on three different levels, the individual level, the intergenerational level, and the metaphysical level. (Contains 1 table.)[This study has been supported by the Research Program "Arts in Hospital and Care as Culture," Stockholm County Council, and by grants from the Committee of Caring Sciences at Karolinska Institute and Johanniterorden in Sweden.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden