Staying, moving, (re)settling: transitioning practices, actors and places of care in later life [Age and Generations Network]
Matthew Lariviere (University of Bristol)
Denise de Waal (University of Bradford )
Thursday 16 August, 9:00-10:45, 11:15-13:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This panel invites theoretical and empirical papers which examines transitions of staying, moving and (re)settling into the different spaces and places people occupy in later life and how occupying such spaces transforms older people and their carers' experiences of receiving and giving care.

Long abstract:

Later life, as with other stages of the life-course, is marked by periods of transition. Older people inhabit a diverse range of spaces including their home, homes of friends/relatives, hospitals, community care centres, day centres, care homes and nursing homes. Each presents their own situated assemblages involving diverse sets of spaces, actors, practices and relations. Some older adults continue to stay in their own homes with the support of domiciliary care, assistive technologies and family carers thereby realising current policy agendas for "successful ageing" and "ageing in place". Yet older adults may experience disruptions and transformations in where and how they live out their later years inviting a range of new spaces, actors and practices into their everyday lives and care arrangements.

The theme for this conference presents the opportunity to critically consider empirical and theoretical work from social anthropologists, gerontologists and cognate disciplines interested in places occupied in later life and how periods involving staying, moving, and (re)settling into strange and familiar places affects everyday life and situated care practices.

Papers might explore:

• Medicalisation of ageing and its effect on domestic/family relations

• Digitalisation of care and its effect on distant care arrangements

• Transitions from home to institutionalised care settings (and back)

• Meanings of "home" when living with cognitive impairments or dementias

• Changes in everyday practices from the third to fourth age of life

• Intergenerational care arrangements in the community

• Professionalising care work and distinctions between private/public spaces