Current social policy recognises that older people should be treated as experts in their own lives and be actively involved in their care. This book explores what can be learned from older people's experiences of managing ageing. Direct connections are made between the everyday experiences and perspectives of older people, related research and theoretical perspectives. This yields an engaging and informative analysis of how older people manage the ageing experience and what this means for policy and practice directed at promoting older people's wellbeing.
The book will be of value to undergraduate and postgraduate students in health and social care and practitioners in these fields.
"Written in a clear and engaging style that draws the reader into the everyday lives of older people, it reveals the independent spirit and coping abilities of many of the older participants and is an inspiration for readers who have reached or are approaching these older ages." Verina Waights in Ageing and Society
"written for academic and policy audience...stories woven with the realities of dealing with the support system...rigorous qualitative research methods and analysis of her interview data" Pamela .A.Saunders, Phd, Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Philip .A.Saunders Retired International Tax Lawyer
"A book which truly makes older people's experiences central to understanding how best policy makers and practitioners might promote well-being in later life." Professor Miriam Bernard, Research Institute for Life Course Studies, Keele University
"This unique book, based on the lived experience of older people, conveys important lessons for policy makers, service providers and practitioners about how older people manage the experience of ageing." Ann McDonald, Head of the School of Social Work and Psychology, University of East Anglia
Denise Tanner is a lecturer in social work at the University of Birmingham. She is a registered social worker with an extensive practice background in social work with adults and also has many years' experience as a lecturer and researcher. Her particular interests include service user and carer involvement in social work education and research.
Introduction; Starting from lives; Setting the scene; Keeping going; Staying me; The slippery slope; Sustaining the self; Destinations and directions.