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Denise Tanner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348869

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348869.001.0001

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‘Keeping going’

‘Keeping going’

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Managing the ageing experience

Denise Tanner

Policy Press

Practical or ‘doing’ strategies are used by older people to manage the ageing experience. In their effort to maintain social roles and activities (‘keeping active’), older people remain proactive, accepting responsibility and taking action to manage everyday living and address difficulties. Standards and routines are maintained (‘keeping stable’) through efforts to keep some stability in life, often in the face of threats brought about by illness, disability and other forms of loss. Further, relationship boundaries are preserved (‘keeping balance’) through efforts to maintain an acceptable balance between giving and receiving within relationships.

Keywords:   practical strategies, ageing experience, activities, stability, balance, older people

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