Swindle, Jennifer (2003) Can Older Women Residing in Nursing Homes Feel Empowered? An Exploration of Narrative. In: Narrative, Memory and Health. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 117-125.

It is assumed that those individuals residing in nursing homes have poor health
and little control over their lives. As a consequence there has been little
research on this group of people in connection with empowerment. This paper
draws upon the narratives of older women residing in two Ontario nursing
homes and the frontline workers providing their care. It will illustrate how
living environments and the practices of health care workers influence
residents’ personal narratives. Emphasis will also be given to how past
lifestyles and personal biographies can help older people to maintain
empowering thoughts even when experiencing various health conditions.

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