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Last Years of Long Lives

The Larvik Study, 1st Edition

By Tor Inge Romoren


224 pages

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The Last Years of Long Lives is a unique account of that period of old age which precedes death. Based on 400 complete individual histories and covering a twenty-year period, it looks at the experiences of people over eighty years old in three important areas: disability, family life and health care. Using the life-course approach to research, it reveals rich data about the contributions of formal and informal care and how life expectancy and experiences of disability interact with experiences of care.

The reader is invited to conceptualise these phenomena as processes in continuous time - processes that are sometimes long and complex, sometimes short and simple - and learns about the four types of disability career before death. At the same time, the author presents a three-stage model of informal care and examines the main patterns of formal service use.

The Last Years of Long Lives presents a new way of looking at old age for students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers and gives a comprehensive picture of what has been called 'the fourth age'.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Larvick: Context and Case 3. Research Design, Data and Key Concepts 4. The Study Population: Basic Characteristics 5. Courses of Disability 6. Courses of Family Care 7. Courses of Formal Service Use 8. Looking Back and Summing Up

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nursing / Gerontology
MEDICAL / Nursing / Home & Community Care
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services