Empowering older volunteers: learning to research

This source preferred by Lee-Ann Fenge

Authors: Fenge, L.-A.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/1341/

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content?content=10.1080/09649060110079332&waited=1

Journal: Research Policy and Planning

Volume: 24

Pages: 13-23

ISSN: 0264-519X

DOI: 10.1080/09649060110079332

This paper considers the implications for 'empowering' practice with older people within community care, exploring the restrictions placed on this by policy and practice, and how a postmodern perspective may encourage the participation of older people and ultimately empower them. Different theoretical approaches used to consider older people and the impact of ageism on the relationship between the self and society are explored. The impact of a postmodern approach to 'empowering'practice with older people is analysed, including discussion of the role of individual 'narrative', 'co-authorship' and 'expertise'as methods of empowering older people to have a 'voice'on both an individual and group level within community care systems.

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