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FALLER, Jossiana Wilke; TESTON, Elen Ferraz  e  MARCON, Sonia Silva. Old age from the perspective of elderly individuals of different nationalities. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.1, pp.128-137. ISSN 0104-0707.

The study aimed to understand how elderly from several nationalities who reside in Brazil conceive the old age and experience the aging process. It was used the Symbolic Interactionism and the Grounded Theory as a theoretical and methodological strategy. The informants were 33 elderly people who reside in Foz do Iguaçu-PR. The results show an old age conception marked by chronological, physical, psychological, behavioral aspects and also by the presence of disease, dependence, inability to work and by situations experienced over the years in the Brazilian context. The way to experience the old age is influenced by the homeland culture, but is related to the quality and to the conditions of life (autonomy, physical and financial dependence), the work valorization, the religious precepts and the family ties/relationships. It was concluded that to conceive and experience the old age, besides the cultural aspects, it's focused on the experiences and singular interactions occurred over the years and that gain significant contours according to the context and the time of life.

Palavras-chave : Aging; Culture; Ethnic groups; Nursing; Self-concept.

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