PHYSICAL ILLNESSES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AMONG ELDERLY WOMEN IN HAWAII, USA
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study was to investigate the physical illnesses and psychological health among elderly women in Hawaii, USA
Statement of the Problem: The aging population in Hawaii, including a substantial number of elderly women, raises concerns about the intersection of physical illnesses and psychological well-being within this demographic. Understanding the challenges and opportunities associated with their health is crucial for developing targeted interventions and support systems.
Methodology: The study was literature based. The study collected and analyzed existing research and publications to inferences.
Findings: The research indicates that elderly women in Hawaii experience a higher prevalence of physical illnesses, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer, which can significantly impact their overall well-being and quality of life. Psychological distress, including feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety, is a prevalent issue among elderly women in Hawaii, often exacerbated by the presence of chronic physical illnesses. There is importance of cultural resilience and intergenerational relationships as protective factors for the psychological health of elderly women, with cultural practices and traditions playing a significant role in promoting emotional well-being within this demographic.
Conclusion: The complex interplay between physical illnesses and psychological health among elderly women in Hawaii underscores the need for a holistic approach to healthcare. Addressing their unique challenges, such as the prevalence of physical ailments and the impact of cultural factors, is essential for improving their overall well-being. By promoting culturally competent care, enhancing mental health support, and fostering community engagement, we can work towards ensuring that elderly women in Hawaii age gracefully and maintain their physical and psychological health in this culturally rich environment.
Recommendations: Improve healthcare accessibility by implementing initiatives like mobile clinics and telemedicine services to address the unique geographical challenges in Hawaii, ensuring that elderly women receive timely diagnoses and specialized care for their physical illnesses. Develop and promote culturally sensitive mental health programs that incorporate traditional Hawaiian healing practices, while also raising awareness about mental health issues and reducing the stigma surrounding seeking psychological support among elderly women. Foster community engagement by expanding social programs, senior centers, and intergenerational activities that celebrate and preserve Hawaiian culture, promoting a sense of belonging and support, ultimately enhancing the physical and psychological health of elderly women in Hawaii.
Keywords: Physical Illnesses, Psychological Health, Elderly Women, Hawaii
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