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Managing the ageing experienceLearning from older people$
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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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Destinations and directions

Destinations and directions

(p.187) Seven Destinations and directions
Managing the ageing experience

Denise Tanner

Policy Press

This chapter begins with a critical analysis of the research study. It discusses the implications of the issues highlighted for social policy, social work, and social care practice from what has been learned from older people’s experiences and perspectives in relation to these two aspects — protecting the core self and facilitating a supportive social space — as well as suggests directions for policy and practice for further exploration or development. The author stipulates in his conclusion that the research findings contribute to a ‘sociology of old age’ that is sensitive and responsive to both social structures and the activities and lifestyles of older people. Also, although the focus has been on older people, the issues arising from it have wider resonance and applicability to other service user ‘groups’ and individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties and challenges.

Keywords:   social policy, social work, social care practice, sociology of old age, older people, social space

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