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Unmasking ageThe significance of age for social research$
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Bill Bytheway

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426185

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426185.001.0001

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A great age

A great age

(p.137) Seven A great age
Unmasking age

Bill Bytheway

Policy Press

Often, the concept of being ‘very old’ is always linked to ‘frailty’. This association raises the issue of what constitutes the latter. All too often, the oldest generation are being looked after in the security of care homes: out of sight and out of mind. In this chapter, two detailed case studies of people living to a great age are presented. The first case study is based on the published diaries and biography of the celebrated writer, Frances Partridge. It is then followed by a case study drawn from the TOG project, and a diary detailing the twelve months leading up to a 100th birthday.

Keywords:   very old, frailty, care homes, 100th birthday, Frances Partridge

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