Older people and 'active ageing': subjective aspects of ageing actively and becoming old

Paul Stenner

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Abstract

Following a critical overview of the active ageing concept, a thematic decomposition of 42 transcribed interviews with British people aged 72 years and over indicates that active ageing is understood in relation to physical, cognitive, psychological and social factors, but that these co-exist in complex combinations. The notion of activity in active ageing is grasped in relation to an active/passive distinction which emphasizes the enhancement or diminishment of concrete powers of activity. A ‘challenge and response’ framework is suggested for future research on active ageing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-477
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of health psychology
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • activity
  • affect
  • age
  • qualitative methods
  • critical health psychology

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