As argued by Ruth and Kenyon (1996), understanding of the process of managing ageing can only be acquired through uncovering the experiences of older people and the meanings they give to these experiences. In this introductory chapter, the author provides a brief overview of the three-year research study that was conducted and participated in by twelve older people. It presents the aim and goal of the book which is to connect the experiences of these people to wider research about older people’s needs, preferences and experiences, to themes and debates in gerontological theory and to recent and current developments in social policy and practice.
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