‘My Body Feels Old’: Seniors’ Discursive Constructions of Aging-as-Disabling

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Yvonne R. Teems


phenomenology, lived experience, discourse


Social gerontology and disability studies have made similar but separate arguments for ways to study aging and disability, respectively. This study of interviews with seniors finds that seniors characterize aging as disabling and position both identity constructions as negative. The article argues for the use of disability theory and discourse to examine seniors’ lived experiences. 

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