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date: 18 June 2019

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Transitions in later life are highly contingent on history, society, culture, and the individual life course, and consequently subject to changes and variations—however, still connected with the biological body and its reality. The ageing process is subject to the dynamic and discursive processes of society, its structures and spirits, but also extremely influenced by the level of wealth of the individual. Transitions in later life are a mixture of personally, biologically, and socially initiated transitions, and no rules can be given for the course of later life. One’s own death and the loss of loved ones, however, are unavoidable, and that is why old age beyond a new, late-modern prospect of successful ageing is also an age of resignation.

Keywords: change, age, time, life course, transition, role, development, normativity, modernism (pre-, late), coping

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