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Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
2008 Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to investigate how a small group of elderly people in the third age might experience their own aging from three investigation questions: how they experienced their individual aging, what a good life means and how they considered growing old in today’s society. One underlying cause of the research was to see if these people saw themselves affected by attitudes in today’s society in relation to their age. For this study were selected active retirees, who were members of a pensioner’s organization. To get the questions answered we applied a qualitative method with a phenomenological attempt. Four separated interviews were used with two male and two female retirees in the ages from 70 to 79 years old. The interviews were partly centered on the three investigation questions and the interviews were constructed in the form of a conversation. The result showed us that especially the people that we investigated led a very mentally and physical active life, were healthy, had a rich social network, were engaged in societies and were well being. The way the retirees experienced their own age varied depending on their individual contexts and state of health. A good life for them consisted in maintaining healthy, having good friends and staying busy. To grow older in today’s society was experienced by them by time passing very quick, safety in the society and a decent living, but there occurred signs on phenomenon that could indicate discrimination due to age, which is ageism.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att undersöka hur en liten grupp äldre människor i tredje åldern kunde uppleva att åldras utifrån tre frågeställningar: hur de upplevde sitt individuella åldrande, vad ett gott liv innebar för dem och hur de upplevde att åldras i dagens samhälle. En bakomliggande orsak med studien var att undersöka om intervjupersonerna ansåg sig påverkade av rådande attityder i samhället i relation till deras ålder. Urvalet i undersökningen var pensionärer som var medlemmar i en pensionärsförening. För att få svar på frågeställningarna användes en kvalitativ metod med en fenomenologisk ansats. Totalt fyra enskilda intervjuer gjordes med två manliga och två kvinnliga pensionärer i åldrarna från 70 till 79 år. Intervjuerna var delvis strukturerade i form av de tre forskningsfrågorna och intervjuerna hade formen av samtal. Resultatet som kom fram visade på att just de äldre människor i tredje åldern som undersöktes levde ett mycket psykiskt och fysiskt aktivt liv, var friska, hade ett rikt socialt nätverk, var engagerade i föreningar och var välmående. Upplevelse av ålder varierade beroende på sammanhang och hälsotillstånd. Ett gott liv innebar att förbli frisk, ha vänner och att ha något att göra. Att åldras i dagens samhälle upplevdes av att tiden hade gått fort, trygghet i samhället och ett bra boende, men att det förekom företeelser som kunde tyda på diskriminering på grund av ålder, det vill säga ålderism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , p. 45
Keywords [sv]
äldre, åldrande, pensionering, ålderism, gerontologi, ett gott liv, tredje åldern
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-1590DiVA, id: diva2:5509
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2008-01-17
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samhälle/juridik
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