Aging and Disability: The Paradoxical Positions of the Chronological Life Course

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Amanda Grenier
Meredith Griffin
Colleen McGrath


successful aging, structured dependency, legitimized identity


This paper explores aging and disability, problematizing the paradoxical tendency to separate and conflate these social locations in chronological understandings of the life course. Exploring how such thinking has shaped assumptions, responses, knowledge, policy and practice, we conclude with suggestions to reconsider disability across the life course and into late life.

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