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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Elderly, Lived experiences, Craft-Making, Qualitative, Phenomenology

Author Bio(s)

Sharon B. Cajayon, MAN, BSN, RN, is a professor at the Our Lady of Fatima University College of Nursing at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Romeo Luis A. Macabasag, MAN, BSN, RN, is a senior researcher at Our Lady of Fatima and University Research Development and Innovation Center at Valenzuela City, Philippines. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Romeo Luis A. Macabasag, Our Lady of Fatima University-Research Development and Innovation Center, MacArthur Highway, Brgy. Marulas, Valenzuela City, Philippines, 1440; Email: mromeoluis.rdic.olfu@gmail.com.

Norilyn Limchanco, MAN, BSN, RN, is a clinical professor at Our Lady of Fatima University College of Nursing at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Vanessa O. Umali, MAN, BSN, RN, is a professor at Our Lady of Fatima University College of Nursing at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Ellayza N. Blas, BSN is a junior researcher at Our Lady of Fatima University Research Development and Innovation Center at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Christine Joy A. Breguera, BSN is a junior researcher at Our Lady of Fatima University Research Development and Innovation Center at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Nikka Angela A. de Guzman, BSN is a junior researcher at Our Lady of Fatima University Research Development and Innovation Center at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Shiela N. Malapi, BSN is a junior researcher at Our Lady of Fatima University Research Development and Innovation Center at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Emmalyn E. Quibote, BSN is a junior researcher at Our Lady of Fatima University Research Development and Innovation Center at Valenzuela City, Philippines.

Acknowledgements

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.

Publication Date

10-20-2017

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