The Self-health Promotion Experiences of Elderly at Ban Suan Subdistrict, Mueang District, Chon Buri Province

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Suriya Fongkerd
Sruangtip Pookitsana
Seubtrakul Tantalanukul
Thitiporn Yodpraserd

Abstract

            This qualitative research aimed to explore self-health promotion experiences of elderly. The key informants were purposively selected including eight males and twelve female elders with self-health promotion behavior living in Ban Suan Subdistrict. Data were collected using in-depth interview and then analyzed by using content analysis.
            The results showed that the elders in Ban Suan community, Mueang district, Chon Buri province had six aspects of health promoting behavior experiences including 1) paying attention to own’s health; 2) exercising according to physical condition; 3) water and healthy food consumption; 4) showing good interpersonal relationship; 5) performing religious activities and 6) knowing how to manage own’s stress.
            For suggestion, the results of these six aspects should be used to organize health promotion activities for the elderly, which includes, exercise methods suitable for the elderly, such as walking, stretching, etc., educating about the importance of taking care of health, preventing illness, drinking water and eating healthy foods, having good relationships with family members and those around them in the community, as well as supporting, promoting the ongoing activities for the elderly in the community to maintain health and to have a good quality of life.

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