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Don't let an old person get inside you! Agelessness, a Lifelong Experience of being Alive

Paul Throssell.

This paper discusses an ongoing PhD study on the link between lifelong learning and agelessness. Two focus groups, consisting of people from post-compulsory age to their 90's, discussed descriptive characteristics of agelessness arising from an earlier part of the study, and related these to lifelong learning and social wellbeing within socio-culturally situated practice.

The groups rejected the view that in perceptions of age, what you see is what you get, and extended, refined and endorsed descriptors of agelessness, as well asserting that learning choices are made related to experiences of life. Critical life events such as the epiphanies or turning-point moments posited by Denzin (1989) were also discussed in relation to attributions of future life experiences.


Paul Throssell

  • Agelessness
  • Lifelong learning
  • Social wellbeing

(30 min Conference Paper, English)