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The Age of Supported Independence

Voices of In-home Care

  • Beatrice Hale
  • Patrick Barrett
  • Robin Gauld

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 1-12
  3. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 13-28
  4. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 29-43
  5. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 45-59
  6. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 61-77
  7. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 79-92
  8. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 93-108
  9. Beatrice Hale, Patrick Barrett, Robin Gauld
    Pages 109-123
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 125-131

About this book

Introduction

This book investigates the experiences of older people who remain at home with care. It examines the transition points for the important life changes faced by family members who take on a greater care-giving role.

The book draws on demographic analyses and qualitative fieldwork to explore the shift from independence to increasing dependence, and suggests that this transition constitutes movement into a new stage of life, that of an Age of Supported Independence. Applying the anthropological concept of rites of passage in their analysis, the authors focus on the changes in everyday living within the spatial environment of the home, the temporal organization of daily life, and the reshaping of relationships. They suggest that many older people – as well as the family members who become carers – remain in a state of ‘liminality’: unable to make sense of their new situation and experience and, despite assumptions that ageing-in-place sustains social connectedness, excluded from their communities.

Keywords

Agein Ageing Policy Ageing-in-Place Aging Care Everyday Living Gerontology Home Increasing Dependence Informal Carers Social Connectedness State of 'Liminality' Transitions age frailty

Authors and affiliations

  • Beatrice Hale
    • 1
  • Patrick Barrett
    • 2
  • Robin Gauld
    • 3
  1. 1.Maori Hill, DunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Dept. Political Science & Public PolicyUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  3. 3.Dept. Preventive & Social MedicineUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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