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Managing the ageing experienceLearning from older people$
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Denise Tanner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348869

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348869.001.0001

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‘The slippery slope’

‘The slippery slope’

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(p.117) five ‘The slippery slope’
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Managing the ageing experience
Author(s):

Denise Tanner

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348869.003.0006

The ‘slippery slope’ conveys participants’ perceptions of their tenuous hold on ‘coping’ and the implied threat of a time when they would no longer be able to manage. The chapter explores the resources and threats that comprise ‘the slippery slope’ of later life and influence older people’s capacity to withstand or negotiate successfully the difficulties they encounter. Key factors for participants when giving an account of the nature and level of difficulties they experienced and their strategies for addressing them are their health and abilities, financial resources, previous life experiences, own perspectives, and social relationships. The wider community may also pose threats to old people’s coping strategies which impedes them in managing difficulties. These include the availability and the level of service available or provided, and community services which appeared to undermine efforts to preserve independence.

Keywords:   coping strategies, later life, financial resources, independence, financial resources, social relationships

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