Elderly Women. Between Risks of Loneliness and Planning for the Future

Letizia Carrera

Abstract


The Italian population, in line with what is happening in other Western countries, is becoming increasingly older and older. In addition to the proportion of older people, the significance of being elderly has substantially changed as it is no longer regarded as a mere residual step in adult life, but a real phase of opportunities and possibilities, though also of limitations and difficulties.

It is precisely this sort of growing fluidity that this essay will focus on by trying to reflect on what the variables are that can influence or determine the very different outcomes and situation of the elderly.

The phenomenon of the "third age" is extremely complex and at times even contradictory. In order to investigate this changeable and varied scenario a qualitative investigation was carried out using semi-structured interviews in various towns and cities of Apulia in order to understand the relationship between the perception that older people have of themselves and the characteristics of their daily lives.


Keywords


elderly women; daily life; welfare

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13136/isr.v4i3.89

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