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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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Is it possible to ‘age successfully’ with extensive physical impairments?

Is it possible to ‘age successfully’ with extensive physical impairments?

(p.55) Four Is it possible to ‘age successfully’ with extensive physical impairments?
Ageing with disability

Annika Taghizadeh Larsson

Policy Press

This chapter deals with the opportunities and challenges of adopting a modern, leisurely active and self-fulfilling pensioner's lifestyle – to ‘age successfully’ – if one uses a wheelchair and is relatively dependent upon other people's support to manage daily tasks. It also points to the importance of considering how social and environmental contexts may influence the meanings and consequences of ‘becoming old’ for disabled people. Based on the voices of ‘younger elderly disabled people’, the chapter illustrates how the general development in welfare, technical improvements, and reforms − such as legislation on the adaptation of homes and personal assistance services − may actually enable some pensioners with extensive impairments to adopt a pensioner's life-style similar to the one called ‘successful ageing’. Existing obstacles to such a lifestyle are also discussed.

Keywords:   successful ageing, disability, active, life style, environmental context, personal assistance

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