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Creating Empowering Meaning: An Interactive Process of Promoting Health with Chronically Ill Older Canadians

Carol L. McWilliam, M. Stewart, N. Del Maestro, B. J. Pittman, J. B. Brown, S. McNair, K. Desai and M. L. Patterson

in Health Promotion International

Volume 12, issue 2, pages 111-123
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/12.2.111
Creating Empowering Meaning: An Interactive Process of Promoting Health with Chronically Ill Older Canadians

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Many health promotion approaches afford education about disease prevention and enhancement of one's health status. But strategies for enabling older people with chronic illness to better mobilize their resources for everyday living still require development. This practical action research study explored the experiences of 13 purposefully selected older persons who participated in a health promotion intervention premised on the adult education theory of perspective transformation. Findings illuminate health promotion through a holistic interactive process in which professional and chronically ill older person together evolved a caring relationship and enhanced conscious awareness of life and health experiences. Five health-promoting strategies were identified: building trust and meaning; connecting; caring; mutual knowing; and mutual creating. Researchers suggest several important directions to refine professional practice approaches and health care delivery systems in order to promote the health of older persons with chronic conditions.

Keywords: chronic illness; health promotion; seniors' health

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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