Is there a ‘fit’ between theories on and the way in which olderpeople make sense of ageing in their everyday lives?
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
This paper explores how older people make sense of ageing and discusses how gerontological theories on ageing compare with empirical findings among older people living in the Faroe Islands. Data derived from group and individual interviews with home dwelling retirees aged 68 to 91. A constructionist grounded theory approach was used. From the analysis, three categories arose that each in their way presented important dimensions of ageing: Physical changes with age; social changes with age and ageing perceived as an ongoing process. No single theory could explain the multifaceted empirical realities of ageing that the analysis showed. The findings from this study underscore the importance of acknowledging ageing as a multidimensional process and, most importantly, that understanding this process requires that older people themselves are recognised as co-constructors of knowledge about ageing.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ageing, theories on ageing, continuity and change, adaption, constructivist grounded theory.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120904OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120904DiVA: diva2:849514