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The Experience of Chronically Ill Elderly Mexican-American Men With Spouses as Caregivers

TitleThe Experience of Chronically Ill Elderly Mexican-American Men With Spouses as Caregivers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsD. Medina, MVillagrana, Haltiwanger, EPiven, Funk, KP
JournalPhysical & Occupational Therapy in GeriatricsPhysical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
ISBN Number0270-3181
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Audiorecording, Caregivers -- In Old Age, Chronic Disease -- In Old Age, Control (Psychology) -- In Old Age, Coping -- In Old Age, Cultural Values -- In Old Age, Descriptive Statistics, Female, Hispanics -- In Old Age, Human, Interpersonal Relations -- In Old Age, Interviews, Male, Men's Health, Mexico, Models, Theoretical, Occupation (Human) -- In Old Age, Phenomenological Research, Pilot Studies, Purposive Sample, Qualitative Studies, Respondent Validation, Self Concept -- In Old Age, Sex Role -- In Old Age, Spouses -- In Old Age, Texas, Thematic Analysis
AbstractChronic illnesses are projected to affect 157 million individuals in the United States by the year 2020. Few studies have investigated the experience of chronic illnesses in minority groups. The purpose of this phenomenological pilot study was to illuminate the lived experience of three chronically ill elderly Mexican-American males who received caregiving from their spouses. The major themes that emerged were: (1) I'm losing control of my life (2) I wish I were a better husband, and (3) I don't know what I'm good for. These themes were described within the Model of Human Occupation and demonstrate strong influence of culture on the perceptions of men. Areas for intervention are the promotion of an internal locus of control, engagement in occupation, and role exploration. Future studies are needed to explore chronic diseases in Mexican-American men that will help occupational therapists plan culturally appropriate interventions.