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|Title: ||Older Men Working it Out A strong face of ageing and disability|
|Authors: ||Fleming, Alfred Andrew|
|Keywords: ||older men;ageing;disability;identity;strong face|
|Issue Date: ||2001|
|Publisher: ||University of Sydney. Behavioural and Community Health Sciences|
|Abstract: ||This hermeneutical study interprets and describes the phenomena of ageing and living with disability. The lived experiences of 14 older men and the horizon of this researcher developed an understanding of what it is like for men to grow old and, for some, to live with the effects of a major disability. The study is grounded in the philosophical hermeneutics of Gadamer and framed in the context of embodiment, masculinity, and narrative. I conducted multiple in-depth interviews with older men aged from 67 to 83 years of age. Seven of the participants had experienced a stroke and I was able to explore the phenomenon of disability with them. Through thematic and narrative analyses of the textual data interpretations were developed that identified common meanings and understandings of the phenomena of ageing and disability. These themes and narratives reveal that the men's understandings are at odds with conventional negative views of ageing and disability. These older men are 'alive and kicking', they voice counternarratives to the dominant construction of ageing as decline and weakness, and have succeeded in remaking the lifeworld after stroke. Overall I have come to understand an overarching meaning of older men 'working it out' as illustrative of a strong face of ageing and disability. Older men seek out opportunities to participate actively in community life and, despite the challenges of ageing and disability, lead significant and meaningful lives. These findings challenge and extend our limited understandings of men's experiences of ageing and living with disability. This interpretation offers gendered directions for policy development, clinical practice, and future research.|
|Rights and Permissions: ||Copyright Fleming, Alfred Andrew;http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/copyright.html|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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