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J Health Psychol. 2011 Apr;16(3):467-77. doi: 10.1177/1359105310384298. Epub 2011 Jan 11.

Older people and 'active ageing': Subjective aspects of ageing actively.

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  • 1University of Brighton, Brighton and Hove, UK.


Following a critical overview of the active ageing concept, a thematic decomposition of 42 transcribed interviews with British people aged 72 years and over indicates that active ageing is understood in relation to physical, cognitive, psychological and social factors, but that these co-exist in complex combinations. The notion of activity in active ageing is grasped in relation to an active/passive distinction which emphasizes the enhancement or diminishment of concrete powers of activity. A 'challenge and response' framework is suggested for future research on active ageing.

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