Health Experiences of Korean Immigrant Women in Retirement

Jaeyoung Choi, Kaysi E. Kushner, Judy Mill, Wing Leung Lai

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In this focused ethnographic study, we explored the health experiences of 15 Korean immigrant women after retirement in an urban center in Western Canada. Almost all women began their lives in Canada without adequate personal finances, making their employment essential for supporting their families financially. Most women lived with more than two chronic diseases, attributed to long hours and difficult work conditions. They experienced improved psychological health after retiring, irrespective of positive or negative changes in their physical health. Spiritual faith and exercise were important strategies to maintain and enhance their health and to postpone and manage chronic diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1315-1336
Number of pages22
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions


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