“The Internal Police Officer Has Not Retired but Has Slowed Down”: Israeli Women Reframe Their Aging Experiences in the Second Half of Life

Liat Ayalon, Shlomit Aharoni Lir

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Abstract

Compared with gains, losses have received a substantial amount of research and public attention. The present study aims to shed light on the positive gains associated with older age from the perspective of older women. Five focus groups with 19 Israeli women over the age of 54 were conducted. Trailers of three different films were used to stimulate discussion about old age and aging and allow for reflections on societal norms in light of personal experiences. Focus group interviews were analyzed thematically. Respondents identified four contexts, characterized by reframing their experiences against societal norms. These included gender stereotypes, physical appearance, interpersonal relations, and employment. This study represents an opening to a different discourse around old age, which is characterized by gains and possibilities brought about by changes in reframing one’s experiences, while distancing oneself and exerting free will vis à vis social norms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-854
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • gains
  • life course
  • losses
  • older adults
  • second half of life
  • successful aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology

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