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Reciprocity and Dependency in Old Age

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A Matter of Dignity.- Setting the context.- Reciprocity and old age.- Research Design and Methods.- Findings.- The significance of the Findings for the Spiritual Well-being of Older People Dependent on Formal Care.- The significance of the Findings for the Theorising of Old Age.- The Significance of the Findings for Eldercare Practice.- Their Journeys and Mine.

About the Author

Sue Thompson, PhD works in Wales as a director of Avenue Consulting Ltd and does postgraduate research in the field of eldercare. She received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Liverpool, following a masters in social work obtained at University of Wales. Dr. Thompson has extensive experience in the caring professions, both at the practitioner level as a nurse and social worker, and also as a practice assessor, mentor, and educator in social work and social care more broadly defined. She has written and co-written a number of articles, chapters, books, and learning resources pertaining particularly to older people and eldercare. A key theme in her practice, research, and publications is the challenging of ageist practices which compromise dignity and personhood, and the ideologies and discourses which reinforce such practices as morally legitimate. Dr. Thompson is a co-founder of the Welsh Organisation for Practice Teaching and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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