Discursive constructions of falls prevention : Discourses of active aging versus old age as disease

Lotte Evron, Anita Ulrich, Lene Tanggaard

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    This study presents a discourse analysis of falls prevention among older people in a context of a falls clinic. Data are based on an empirical study of the ways in which fall prevention was realized and managed in a falls clinic at the political, recruitment and treatment level. Despite massive information and investment in falls prevention programs, many still drop out or decline to participate in such programs. The study explores how discourses cross swords in the domain of falls prevention. We identify two main discourses in the field: Discourses of active
    aging opposed to discourses of old age as disease. In discourses of active aging falls are constructed as preventable and not necessarily related to old age; in discourses of old age as disease falls are constructed as a disease of old age. Specific agent positions are created within discourses. Discourses of active
    aging construct self-responsible citizens who are physically active and motivated to participate in falls prevention programmes; discourses of old age as disease on the other hand construct “fall patients” who accept being passive in the health care system. Older citizens who are not in need of treatment or less physically
    active are excluded from the discourses. Future falls-prevention strategies might try to invite different perspectives on aging and physical activities to improve participation rates in falls prevention programmes.
    TitelNordic Congress of gerontology. Dilemmas in Ageing Societies. Abstracts and Program
    Antal sider1
    Publikationsdato10 jun. 2012
    StatusUdgivet - 10 jun. 2012
    Begivenhed21 Nordic Cogress of Gerontology: Dilemmas in Ageing Societies - København, Danmark
    Varighed: 10 jun. 201213 jun. 2012


    Konference21 Nordic Cogress of Gerontology


    • ældre
    • diskursanalyse