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Psicologia Hospitalar

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MURAKAMI, Emy et al. Nonagenarian aging perceptions and implications. Psicol. hosp. (São Paulo) [online]. 2014, vol.12, n.2, pp.65-82. ISSN 1677-7409.

This study aimed at describing the self-reported perception of being a nonagenarian, and investigated the social representations of aging. Method: Non probability convenience sampling was employed. We interviewed 15 individuals from the Department of Geriatrics Clinic (nonagenarians) at a university hospital. Qualitative analysis was carried out using the methodology proposed by the Lefrèvre Analysis of the Collective Subject Discourse. Results: We found nine axes of central ideas which describe the speeches: The elderly, the best of life, the worst at this stage of life, change, health, relationships, sexuality, changing the past and quality of life. Conclusion: Social representations by nonagenarians as to what it means to be elderly are associated with physical and mental health, family life, leisure, losses and physical limitations.

Keywords : Psychology; Aging; Social Representation.

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