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Anna Goulding, Bruce Davenport, and Andrew Newman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340911

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340911.001.0001

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Objects of loss: resilience, continuity and learning in material culture relationships

Objects of loss: resilience, continuity and learning in material culture relationships

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(p.227) Ten Objects of loss: resilience, continuity and learning in material culture relationships
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Resilience and Ageing
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Helen Manchester

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340911.003.0011

This chapter discusses resilience as a response to the ordinary experiences of loss in later life: loss of relationships, loss of a home, and loss of objects. It specifically looks at issues around memory and material culture with particular emphasis on decluttering and downsizing as a necessary process over the lifecourse, especially when individuals move into care. Resilience here is described in relation to attachment to place and investment in a personal material culture that may help older people moving into care to continue with their lives in the face of loss. The chapter then suggests the importance of attending to the material lives of older people in providing opportunities for them to reflect on their lives, identities, and relationships. Caring practices may need to be developed that offer greater support for the process of materially moving to ‘a home’ from ‘my home’.

Keywords:   resilience, loss, later life, memory, material culture, decluttering, older people, caring practices, care home, material lives

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