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Maintaining Dignity and Indpendence

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Dynamics of Ageing: Volume 2
Place of PublicationBristol
Publisher or commissioning bodyPolicy Press
DateAccepted/In press - 2018


Older people’s perspectives on their experiences of ageing and
dependency shed light on the complex nature of dignity as a personal
and social concept. In this study, participants revealed how, as they
became dependent on others for support and care, their lives felt
increasingly precarious and their sense of dignity was challenged.
Influenced by their life course experiences as well as by their
social circumstances, their response to this challenge included both
perseverance and adjustment to change. The attitudes and behaviour
of others, including those of professionals, contributed in crucially
important ways to maintaining their sense of identity and dignity.

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