Identity in the fourth age: Perseverance, adaptation and maintaining dignity

Lloyd, Liz and Calnan, Michael .W. and Cameron, Ailsa and Seymour, Jane and Smith, Randall (2014) Identity in the fourth age: Perseverance, adaptation and maintaining dignity. Ageing and Society, 34 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0144-686X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X12000761) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The fourth age remains a poorly understood phenomenon and there is a lack of understanding of the perceptions of those who might be considered to be living in it. This article draws on findings from a study of dignity in later life which examined the day-to-day experiences of participants who were in need of support and care because of failing health. It discusses their accounts of the changes to their sense of self and their identity that came about as a result of their ageing and health problems and looks also at the ways in which the support and care they received helped to shape their adjustment to those changes. The accounts given by participants reveal a great deal about the physical, mental and emotional effort entailed in maintaining a sense of self and highlight the essential role played by social relationships in the maintenance of identity. These findings are analysed by reference to emerging theories of the fourth age. © Cambridge University Press .

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: adaptation, dignity, fourth age, identity, perseverance, relational autonomy
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 11:10 UTC
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 15:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38610 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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