I Am Sick: Am I (Older People) still Able to Engage in An Activity and Feeling Happy?

Santi Sulandari, Afrilin Dewi Purnama, Mei Wijayanti


Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta



Background: Aging presents a number of challenges for the maintenance of good health in ol­der adults. The elderly face many challenges in later life, but they do not have to enter old age without dignity. This study aimed to understand what things can be done by elderly people who are physically sick and how those activities can make the elderly happy.

Subjects and Method: This was a qualitative study conducted in the former Sura­karta re­si­dency, Central Java. The theme of this study was “do older people still be able to engage in an ac­­tivity and feel happy?” A total of 6 elderly aged >60 years and suffer­ing with chronic disease was selected for this study using purposive sampling. The data were collected by in-depth inter­view. The data were analyzed using the NVivo 12 QSR program.

Results: Elderly with chronic disease was still able to be active in worship, sociali­z­ing with the sur­rounding environment, working, doing the daily chores, and do­ing elderly gymnastics. The be­nefits of staying active included the ability to feel happy, be motivated to get reward, exchange idea, share experience, help others, be calm, and maintain health.

Conclusion: The elderly with chronic disease can feel happy by actively doing vari­ous physical and social activities.

Keywords: happiness, elderly, chronic disease

Correspondence: Santi Sulandari. Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Jl. A. Yani Tromol Pos 1 Pa­be­lan, Kartasura, Surakarta, Central Java. Email: ss280@ums.ac.id. Mobile: 0813­3­6800074.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.01.52

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