The life experiences of living alone among Indonesia dwelling widowed women: A phenomenological study

Siwi Sri Widhowati, Ching Min Chen, Ling Hui Chang

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Abstract

In this study, the researchers aimed to understand the life experience of older widowed women living alone. Employing a phenomenological approach, we interviewed 15 older women (age 62 to 95) living alone at homes in two villages in Central Java. Through systematic text condensation procedure, we identified five themes: (1) negative feelings at times, (2) getting used to living alone, (3) needing help to support independent living, (4) coping toward negative feelings, (5) attachment to the original house. We depicted the struggles of older women living alone in their homes. Despite the coping strategies they have developed over time, older women needed help during hard times, especially when getting sick. Families and neighbors were the main resources to maintain their independent living. Improving the home environment to increase suitability for aging residents and providing a support system are the options that best fit the needs and values the older women believed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Care for Women International
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Health Professions

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