Getting older

We continue to develop throughout our lives; given the increasing life expectancy, we need to go beyond the idea that “aging” or “becoming older” merely represent a decline. On the contrary, we develop a sociocultural approach to understanding the development of older adults. We question representations of old age, examine different environments for living – home, medical centres, retirement homes – as well as communication – including mediated - within the family, as well as personal commitments. We theorise the processes of development at play, by focusing on continuities in the course of one’s life, and the specific issues related to older age; we question the person’s engagements what they learn from life experience, as well as memory and imagination in older adults.