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Ageing with Disability: A Lifecourse Perspective by Eva Jeppsson Grassman, Anna Whitaker

By Eva Jeppsson Grassman, Anna Whitaker

This can be the 1st booklet to handle the problem of growing older after a longevity with incapacity. It breaks new flooring via its specific existence path point of view, analyzing what it potential to age with a actual or psychological incapacity and what the consequences are of 'becoming previous' for those who have had large disabilities for a few years. those humans could have needed to go away the labour industry early, and the e-book appears at on hand care assets, either formal and casual. getting old with incapacity demanding situations set principles approximately profitable ageing, in addition to a few of these approximately disabilities. The lifestyles direction technique that's used unfolds vital insights concerning the influence of a number of disabilities over the years and at the stages of existence. The booklet highlights the which means of care in unexplored contexts, resembling the place getting older mom and dad are caregivers or concerning mutual care in disabled undefined. those are parts of information that have, thus far, been completely overlooked.

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Gabe and M. Calnan (eds) Health, medicine and society: Key theories, future agendas, London: Routledge, pp 169-85. ’ (Oscar, 62 years old) Introduction In this chapter I explore from a lifecourse perspective how important leading activists of the modern Swedish disability movement regard their ageing and later life. More specifically, I focus on how a special group of disabled people experience ageing and later life in light of the modern history of disability and disability politics in which they have actively participated (see also Campbell and Oliver, 1996; Hugemark and Roman, 2007; Symeonidou, 2009).

The informants have all been involved in the modern disability movement and the emergence of disability politics. Personal memories and experiences were included and interwoven into the collective story. Disability history thus provides energy for a collective disability identity, and from this perspective it can be argued that there is indeed such an identity, along with other individual and social positions. Disability identity is complicated and therefore challenging to describe and discuss.

This chapter builds on biographical interviews with eight disabled people who have lived for many years with disability. What is special about this group is that 35 Ageing with disability they are all devoted, well-known and successful disability activists. They have had (and some still have) leading positions in different parts of the modern Swedish disability movement, and over the years they have developed strong disability identities. An implication of this is that the group in question has more reasons than most other people to explore and profoundly reflect on disability issues, both in their personal lives as well as in connection with their positions in the movement (see also Campbell and Oliver, 1996; Andrews, 2007).

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