Living together with age related macular degeneration: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of sense-making within a dyadic relationship

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In this article, we present an idiographic analysis of a couple's experience of living and coming to terms with age-related macular degeneration. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore three joint interviews, conducted over an 18-month period, with a married couple (aged 82 and 77 years) both living with age-related macular degeneration. Three themes are discussed: the disruption of vision impairment, managing mutual deterioration and resilience through togetherness. We discuss the existential challenges of vision impairment and consider the applicability of Galvin and Todres' typology of well-being as a means of understanding well-being in older adults.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1285-1295
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume20
Issue number10
Early online date1 Dec 2013
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Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

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  • interpretative phenomenological analysis, older person, phenomenology, qualitative methods, well-being

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