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The report preliminary to the 2015 Act on the adaptation of society to aging contains the following statement: “There is a time when one is ‘elderly but not old’ corresponding to the age of retirement and to grandparenthood and a time considered as old age when fragilities appear and, finally, a time of ‘great age.’” This description corresponds to widespread social representations that are culturally grounded and give a partial and deformed view of reality. They make aging a period of decline characterized by a succession of periods and social roles that disappear ineluctably when fragilities and disabilities appear.


  • social representations
  • aging
  • age
  • loss of autonomy
Cédric Humbert
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