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Perspectives of Aging among People Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Open Access
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chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Identity Process Theory
health limitations research
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Among pulmonary rehabilitation attendees, we explored their tendency to downplay versus acknowledge physical and psychosocial health limitations, and the subsequent impact either strategy had on how they perceive their own aging process. Participants (N = 87) were 44 to 82 years of age, and diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire measured their health limitations. The Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire captured their perspectives of aging. Participants downplayed their symptoms and psychosocial impact, and remained most positive about psychosocial loss and carefully reserved about psychological growth. Acknowledged activity impairment had negative consequences, however, for their perspectives of physical change. These findings signify a balanced identity and perspective of aging that supports the Identity Process Theory. We encourage nurses and other practitioners, and researchers in pulmonary rehabilitation setting, to use this theory to better understand how people with COPD adapt to aging.
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Low, G., Ross, C., Stickland, M., Wilson, D. & Wong, E. (2013). Perspectives of Aging among People Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. West J Nurs Res August 2013 vol. 35 no. 7: 884-904.
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