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Ageing with disabilityA lifecourse perspective$
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Eva Grassman and Anna Whitaker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305224

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305224.001.0001

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Time, age and the failing body: A long life with disability

Time, age and the failing body: A long life with disability

(p.17) Two Time, age and the failing body: A long life with disability
Ageing with disability

Eva Jeppsson Grassman

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the long life with disability and the impact of age and time on the shaping of this lifecourse. The discussion builds on results from a prospective study in which a group of chronically ill visually impaired people were followed for 30 years, through repeated interviews and where the framework was employment and life after retirement. The chapter argues that these themes are shaped by the gradually failing and unpredictable body, which has to do with disabling consequences of chronic illness. The unpredictable body implies living with uncertainty about “time left”. This entails particular experiences which also influence the lived experience of old age. A conclusion drawn is that the bodily and temporal dimensions studied are complex: time with illness and disability, age, ‘time left’, and relational time − all these dimensions are interwoven in complex ways and according to changing patterns, in the studied lives, which are marked by illness complications and gradual functional loss.

Keywords:   Lifecourse, Prospective study, A long life with disability, The unpredictable body, Chronic illness, Visual impairment, Employment, Time left

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