In this phenomenological study, we offer an insightful understanding of the lived experiences of seven (7) Filipino elderly participating in craft-making. We purposively selected the key informants from a municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. The transcribed data gathered through a semi-structured in-depth interview was analyzed using Colaizzi’s approach. Six themes describing the lived experiences emerged: “Fostering friendship,” “Flourishing health,” “Furthering service,” “Facing aging with acceptance,” “Finding felicity and self-fulfillment,” “Feelings of belongingness and security.” Just like the sun, the elderly’s participation in craft-making serves as a nourishment for them. This exploration speaks to understanding the potential of craft-making as a leisure activity for elderly.
Elderly, Lived experiences, Craft-Making, Qualitative, Phenomenology
The researchers are grateful to all elders who generously shared their experiences for this inquiry. The authors declared no potential conflict of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
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Cajayon, S. B., Macabasag, R. A., Limchanco, N., Umali, V. O., Blas, E. N., Angulo, M. S., Breguera, C. A., De Guzman, N. A., Malapi, S. N., & Quibote, E. E. (2017). “I feel like I’m drawing strength from it”: Lived Experiences of Filipino Elderly Participating in Craft-Making. The Qualitative Report, 22(10), 2742-2755. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss10/14