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Alan Walker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314660

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314660.001.0001

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Understanding and transforming ageing through the arts

Understanding and transforming ageing through the arts

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(p.77) Three Understanding and transforming ageing through the arts
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The new science of ageing
Author(s):

Michael Murray

David Amigoni

Miriam Bernard

Amanda Crummett

Anna Goulding

Lucy Munro

Andrew Newman

Jill Rezzano

Michelle Rickett

Philip Tew

Lorna Warren

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314660.003.0003

This chapter discusses the narratives of ageing, looking at how older people can reflect on their lives and explore new opportunities. This concern with how older people represent themselves, and are represented by others, is a relatively new one in gerontology. On the other hand, images of old age and especially ageing bodies have such a powerful and largely negative impact on social attitudes to older people. The NDA authors seek to challenge this point of view by developing transformative narratives through participation in a range of arts-related activities including reading, art appreciation, community arts, and photography. This chapter examines five path-breaking NDA projects where older people actively engaged with the dominant cultural narratives of ageing. It also explores more positive and personally enriching narratives which demonstrate creativity and opened up numerous new possibilities for them.

Keywords:   gerontology, ageing bodies, NDA, old age

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