Andreas Kruse and Eric Schmitt (Eds.)
... der Augenblick ist mein und nehm ich den in Acht
Daseinsthemen und Lebenskontexte alter Menschen
Themes of existence of elderly people are considered in the context of different : different social classes, different residential contexts, different degrees of independence are understood as central components of the differentiated life-worlds. It is shown how significant the subjectively experienced “task character of life” as well as the experience of being needed by others are for satisfaction and a sense of meaning. In addition, risk factors for life satisfaction are identified: these include, above all, isolation and a pronounced need for care. The experience of old people is not solely determined by vulnerability; it also speaks for mental growth and coping skills.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Kruse, emeritus director of the Institute of Gerontology at Heidelberg University, senior professor distinctus at Heidelberg University.
Prof. Dr. Eric Schmitt, Academic Director at the Institute of Gerontology, Heidelberg University.