Destinations and directions

Denise Tanner

in Managing the ageing experience

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781861348869
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302773 | DOI:
Destinations and directions

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This chapter begins with a critical analysis of the research study. It discusses the implications of the issues highlighted for social policy, social work, and social care practice from what has been learned from older people’s experiences and perspectives in relation to these two aspects — protecting the core self and facilitating a supportive social space — as well as suggests directions for policy and practice for further exploration or development. The author stipulates in his conclusion that the research findings contribute to a ‘sociology of old age’ that is sensitive and responsive to both social structures and the activities and lifestyles of older people. Also, although the focus has been on older people, the issues arising from it have wider resonance and applicability to other service user ‘groups’ and individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties and challenges.

Keywords: social policy; social work; social care practice; sociology of old age; older people; social space

Chapter.  11525 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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