A lifeworld phenomenological study of the experience of living within ageing skin

Cowdell, Fiona and Galvin, Kathleen T (2018) A lifeworld phenomenological study of the experience of living within ageing skin. Nursing Inquiry, 25 (4). e12251. ISSN 1320-7881

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Understanding people’s experience of skin ageing as it is lived can enable sensitive approaches to promoting healthy skin and to care in general. By understanding the insider perspective, what it is like for individuals, a way to sensitise practice for more humanly sensitive care is offered. Through interviews with seventeen, community-dwelling older people the essential meaning of living within ageing skin was illuminated as a state of managed inevitability. The skin is inevitably changing, ageing skin is a marker of change over time but the person within remains. Constituents of the phenomenon comprise: the experience of unfamiliar sights and sensations given by ageing skin; facing and accepting bodily changes and seeing this back and forth in family connections; taking care of the skin ‘to face’ the world and to present oneself to others and a different place in the world, same person, changed body. Findings point to why and how nurses can treat older people as persons by not over emphasising a view on ageing bodies or bodies with aged skin alone, but in tempering this view with deeper existential insights, meeting the older person with a skin care need as a person and not just as a physical entity.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12251
20 May 2018Accepted
21 June 2018Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ageing Skin Phenomenology Nursing
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Depositing User: Fiona Cowdell
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 11:17
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5952

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