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-I think I have had a good life: the everyday lives of older women and men from a lifecourse perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2009 (English)In: Ageing & Society, Vol. 29, no 1, 33-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Through increased longevity, older people today live for many years in retirement.Research on the everyday lives of older women and men who are not in need of help from elder care is scarce. This paper reports an in-depth study of a

small sample of such relatively healthy older people in Sweden. The aim of the study was to describe, analyse and interpret from a lifecourse perspective how older women and men experience everyday life. Twenty informants were recruited through advertisements and they were interviewed twice. They were aged

75 to 90 years at the first interview. The informants belong to the cohort that was born before the Second World War and they have witnessed and benefitted from both unprecedented economic growth and the development of the Swedish welfare state. Both the men and the women had been in paid work outside the home, and once retired they were determined to remain active. Even though many had found that their capacities had reduced, the informants spontaneously stressed the importance of continuing to be physically and mentally active. They saw life as meaningful because they sustained links in different ways with kin,friends and organisations. They wanted to remain active as long as possible, even when a decline in health reduced the range of activities that they could pursue.

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2009. Vol. 29, no 1, 33-48 p.
Keyword [en]
everyday life, lifecourse, ageing, gender, compensation, Sweden
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15226ISI: 000262543400003OAI: diva2:181746
Available from: 2009-01-16 Created: 2009-01-16 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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