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The experience of growing old in chronic mental health patients

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    • Author(s):
    • Abstract:
      Objectives: Research evidence has demonstrated disparities and barriers associated with mental illness, which creates challenges for individuals with mental illness to maintain physical, mental, and social health as they age. The aim of this study was to examine the meaning of aging from the perspective of individuals with mental illness and explore their motivations and challenges to adopting healthy aging lifestyles and practices. Method: Using a qualitative narrative inquiry approach, interviews were conducted with 61 aging patients with mental illness aged 40 and older in community and institutional settings in Hong Kong. Results: Participants discussed the meaning of healthy aging in terms of meaningful occupation and use of time, and independence and autonomy. Motivating factors included a desire to avoid 'burdening' other people, to 'give back' to society, and gain back 'lost time'. These were connected to strategies for healthy aging, including social relationships and activities, spirituality, and healthy lifestyles. Challenges to adopting healthy aging practices included physical health difficulties and medication side effects, lack of purpose and boredom associated with daily routines and use of time, and conflicts and loss affecting family and peer relationships. Conclusion: Social and health services should be tailored to support aging individuals with mental illness and their families, addressing motivations and barriers to adopting healthy lifestyles. Promoting healthy aging practices to enable individuals with mental illness to achieve healthy aging is important for preparing for the aging of this population. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR (Copyright of Aging & Mental Health is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.)
    • Accession Number:
      PATIENTS' attitudes; DESCRIPTIVE statistics; ACTIVE aging; ATTITUDES toward aging; health practices; Healthy aging; mental health; mental illness
    • Publication Information:
      Publication Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1360-7863
    • Accession Number:
      EP145470188
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LAI, D. W. L. et al. The experience of growing old in chronic mental health patients. Aging and Mental Health, [s. l.], v. 24, n. 9, p. 1514–1522, 2020. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP145470188. Acesso em: 27 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Lai DWL, Chan KC, Xie XJ, Daoust GD. The experience of growing old in chronic mental health patients. Aging and Mental Health. 2020;24(9):1514-1522. Accessed October 27, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP145470188
    • APA:
      Lai, D. W. L., Chan, K. C., Xie, X. J., & Daoust, G. D. (2020). The experience of growing old in chronic mental health patients. Aging and Mental Health, 24(9), 1514–1522.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Lai, Daniel W. L., K. C. Chan, X. J. Xie, and G. D. Daoust. 2020. “The Experience of Growing Old in Chronic Mental Health Patients.” Aging and Mental Health 24 (9): 1514–22. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP145470188.
    • Harvard:
      Lai, D. W. L. et al. (2020) ‘The experience of growing old in chronic mental health patients’, Aging and Mental Health, 24(9), pp. 1514–1522. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP145470188 (Accessed: 27 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Lai, DWL, Chan, KC, Xie, XJ & Daoust, GD 2020, ‘The experience of growing old in chronic mental health patients’, Aging and Mental Health, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 1514–1522, viewed 27 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Lai, Daniel W. L., et al. “The Experience of Growing Old in Chronic Mental Health Patients.” Aging and Mental Health, vol. 24, no. 9, Sept. 2020, pp. 1514–1522. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP145470188.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Lai, Daniel W. L., K. C. Chan, X. J. Xie, and G. D. Daoust. “The Experience of Growing Old in Chronic Mental Health Patients.” Aging and Mental Health 24, no. 9 (September 1, 2020): 1514–22. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP145470188.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Lai DWL, Chan KC, Xie XJ, Daoust GD. The experience of growing old in chronic mental health patients. Aging and Mental Health [Internet]. 2020 Sep 1 [cited 2020 Oct 27];24(9):1514–22. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP145470188