Bill Bytheway

in Unmasking age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304128 | DOI:

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The lives of May Nilewska and Frances Partridge demonstrated how the lived experience of growing older is one of slow but constant change, change that continues for as long as there is life. Later life is characterised by a dynamic that is much more complex than either a general decline or some kind of end-of-life success, as promoted by competing gerontological theories. Age, and the ageing that goes with it, is a much more diverse and complicated phenomenon.

Keywords: lived experience; later life; gerontological theories; ageing; age

Chapter.  1153 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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