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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2018, Article ID 3734645, 9 pages
Research Article

Conceptions of Healthy Aging Held by Relatives of Older Persons in Isan-Thai Culture: A Phenomenographic Study

1Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Udon Thani, Thailand
2School of Health and Welfare, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden
3VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway
4School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Västerås, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to Pornpun Manasatchakun; moc.liamg@nukahctasanam.nupnrop

Received 26 August 2017; Revised 1 November 2017; Accepted 21 November 2017; Published 14 January 2018

Academic Editor: Arshad Jahangir

Copyright © 2018 Pornpun Manasatchakun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In Thailand, family nurses are expected to provide support for older persons and their family members to promote healthy aging. Family bonds are strong, and relatives are expected to take care of their older family members. However, there is limited research on how older persons’ family members perceive healthy aging. This study aimed to describe the conceptions of healthy aging held by the children and grandchildren of older persons in northeast Thailand. In a phenomenographic study, 14 interviews were performed to qualitatively analyze different conceptions of healthy aging. Four descriptive categories emerged: being independent, not being afflicted by diseases or illnesses, being a giver and a receiver, and being wise. The conceptions of healthy aging entail both autonomy and interdependence. The relative’s perspective needs to be considered when policies relating to healthy aging are implemented in the community and when family nurses provide support to families to promote healthy aging.