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Health perception, physical activity and coping strategies to health limitations of older adults volunteering for Habitat for Humanity
Active Aging Today (2010)
  • P. Srikan
  • B. L. Callen, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • J. Witucki-Brown, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • S. L. Chen
  • A. Brown, University of Tennessee
  • Linda C. Mefford, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract
The purpose of this descriptive qualitative secondary analysis study was to examine the health perceptions, physical activity capability, and coping strategies of older adults volunteering to build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Demographic and health data were collected and semi-structured interviews were conducted. Forty older adults, ages 57 to 88, were enrolled. The majority of these older volunteers had physical problems, but they perceived their health as being excellent or good, and remained physically active despite physical limitations. Coping strategies of older volunteers included limiting or changing types of activities. Physical activity assessment and promoting positive coping strategies for older volunteers with physical limitations should be considered by healthcare providers. Additional education may be necessary to strengthen older volunteers’ ability in early detection of health decline. Ways that nurses and healthcare teams can encourage older adult volunteering should be explored.
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Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
P. Srikan, B. L. Callen, J. Witucki-Brown, S. L. Chen, et al.. "Health perception, physical activity and coping strategies to health limitations of older adults volunteering for Habitat for Humanity" Active Aging Today Vol. 2 Iss. 2 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/linda_mefford/7/