Professor in Social Policy and Ageing
Location Trinity College Dublin
Thanks for all the comments. It is absolutely correct to observe that most energies in the research on relationships among older adults have been directed towards family relationships, and this reflects societal norms and beliefs about what is central in people's lives, but also the sheer 'volume' of transfers between family members that is really remarkable...
That's a really useful observation Jenni. Genes are an obvious restriction in some cases, but several other learners have also alluded to more 'social' obstacles such as low income and various disadvantages accumulated over the life course. It can be easy to over-emphasize choice as the key to a good old age. Of course this is not to say that choice plays no...