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Health and Ageing in Australia: Is There Culture after Sixty?

Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology

Author: Russell, C., Oxley, H.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1990

Abstract:

A review of the literature on aging & popular stereotypes of the elderly in Australia supports an analysis of three dimensions of culture in relation to the meaning of experiences for the aged: dominant power structure; subcultures of age, class, gender, & occupation; & cultures constructed by the aged, discussed in terms of material conditions of living. For females, the ability to care for the home, self, & family defines their major life roles & sense of worth. Aging can damage self-perceptions as one's ability to carry out these duties decreases. Public policymakers are urged to adopt a less stereotypical approach to services for the elderly & focus on empowerment of old people in defining services.

Further Details

Pages: 35-50
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 28.5.03
Keywords: Australia, older, health improvement, policy compliance
Reads: 187
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