On the possibilties of "feeling young" as a senior with extensive physical impairments
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Based on a qualitative interview study with Swedish women and men between the ages 56-72 who have been living with chronic illnesses and extensive physical impairments for a long period, the object of this presentation is to contribute to the discussion about the relationship between health and function and the possibilities of ”feeling young” or “not old”. The presentation is primarily based on the interview subjects’ responses to the question: “Do you experience yourself as being younger or older than your chronological age” and to the conversation on “feel age” that followed thereafter. The interviewees’ way of describing their subjective age illustrates that an interpretation of one’s self as relatively young or “not old” may draw on a variety of images of aging. Indeed, in contrast to writings of scholars in the ageing field that emphasize the centrality of good health to be able to “feel young”, the study at hand indicates that those with a medically-defined chronic illness or physical impairment may experience age in a number of ways, without this necessarily involving their diagnosis or impairment.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96965OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-96965DiVA: diva2:644851
11th ESA Conference: Crisis, Critique and Change, 28-31 August 2013, Turin, Italy
ProjectsFunktionshinder, livslopp och åldrande (FÅLK)
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2005-1056FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2006-1621