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What does it mean to be an older person?


Cook, PS, What does it mean to be an older person?, The Australian Sociological Association, The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns (2015) [Other Exhibition]

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As of 30 June 2012, fourteen percent of the Australian population was over the age of 65 (3.2 million people) (AIHW 2013). Yet despite the ageing population, older age continues to be negatively framed, associated with loss such as social isolation and withdrawal (including unproductivity) and a body in decline with malfunctioning or deficit physical, mental and emotional resources (Gullette 2004; Hunt 2005). This negativity towards ageing may contribute to, or could be at odds with, how older people perceive and experience their own ageing process. This project seeks to understand ageing from the perspective of people who are aged 65 years and over through the methods of photo elicitation and in-depth interviews. This small exhibition provides initial insight into the findings of this project.

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Item Type:Other Exhibition
Keywords:Ageing; photo-elicitation; sociology; sociology of ageing
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:105154
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-12-10
Last Modified:2016-01-04

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