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Reclaiming the self: How older people perceive and experience their ageing


Cook, PS, Reclaiming the self: How older people perceive and experience their ageing, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Acacdemy Gallery, Inveresk (2016) [Published Creative Work]


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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). Despite these demographic changes, older age continues to be compared with youthfulness and, as a result, is often portrayed as a time of loss involving social isolation, withdrawal, and a body in decline with malfunctioning or deficit physical, mental and emotional resources. This negativity towards ageing may contribute to, or could be at odds with, how older people perceive and experience their own ageing process. This exhibition engages with what ageing means to older people, and how they feel about this process. It features photographs and interview extracts from older people (65 years and over) living independently in the Greater Launceston community. The exhibition and associated research directly confronts the social myths that ageing equates to dependency and institutionalisation by showcasing the beauty, sadness, joy and uncertainty that ageing can present, thus providing crucial insight into the wants and needs of older people. Attendees can also interact with this exhibition, and are invited to make their own contribution.

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:Ageing; older people; ageing population; embodiment; lived experience; phenomenology
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:111286
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-09-07
Last Modified:2017-10-18
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