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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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Living and ageing with disability: Summary and conclusion

Living and ageing with disability: Summary and conclusion

(p.129) Eight Living and ageing with disability: Summary and conclusion
Ageing with disability

Anna Whitaker

Jeppsson Grassman

Policy Press

This chapter provides a summary and concluding remarks on some salient themes that have been examined in the previous chapters. For example the chapter discusses the relevance of the lifecourse approach and – at the same time – the challenges that this approach entails, not least when it comes to capturing the interplay between biographical and historical time. It also highlights the intersection between age and disability and brings to the fore the difficulties connected with separating the experience of ageing from the experience of a long life with disability. It is argued that concepts such as third age, fourth age and successful ageing fail to fully capture the experience of ageing. At the same time, it is argued that the lifecourse approach adopted in the book challenges the social model as the sole framework to understanding disability. Furthermore, the chapter discusses the multifaceted meaning of care in the context of disability and ageing.

Keywords:   A long life with disability, Biographical time, Historical time, Age, Social model, Care

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