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Valuing older peopleA humanist approach to ageing$
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Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim Von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422927

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.001.0001

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‘Woo-hoo, what a ride!’ Older people, life stories and active ageing

‘Woo-hoo, what a ride!’ Older people, life stories and active ageing

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(p.233) Thirteen ‘Woo-hoo, what a ride!’ Older people, life stories and active ageing
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Valuing older people
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Lorna Warren

Amanda Clarke

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.003.0014

This chapter argues that older people experience active ageing in a diversity of ways, both shared and unique, which are not necessarily captured in existing research, showing how active ageing is important to looking ahead beyond retirement, as well as being understood in terms of people's pasts. As illustrated by the various activities they took part in, participants in the study did all they could to enjoy their lives, despite physical and financial problems. The chapter explores the fit between discourses of active ageing in policy and older people's views of possibilities for being and acting. Two strong themes emerged from the interviews: ‘freedom’ and ‘helping others’. Active ageing, as it is thought about by the interviewees, actually depends on a perceived sense of freedom that older people may subsequently choose to use in helping others.

Keywords:   older people, active ageing, freedom, retirement, interviews

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