On his own terms: everyday lives of older men living alone

Kristian Park Frausing, Kirsten Maibom, Michael Smærup, Karen Pallesgaard Munk

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The chapter explores the everyday lives of older men living
alone. We contrast the demands of some of the “aging well” literature with the public stereotype of the older man living alone, presumably unable to follow
the moral obligation not to age. The chapter sums up
existing knowledge on older men living alone and reports the results from a qualitative interview study of solitary men. The
analysis reveals a tension between keeping up appearances and
coming to terms with a sometimes rather slow-paced everyday life
and declining bodily strength. At the same time, the men do manage
their everyday lives, sometimes with a little help from family
or professionals from the welfare state, and continually monitor
their abilities to manage living alone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe old man
EditorsKaren Pallesgaard Munk, Kirsten Maibom, Michael Smærup, Kristian Park Frausing
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus Universitetsforlag
Publication date31 Mar 2023
ISBN (Print)978-87-7219-126-3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023


  • men
  • aging
  • everyday life


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