"I Think I'm Better at it Myself": The Capability Approach and Being Independent in Later Life

Louise Meijering*, Bettina van Hoven, Sepideh Yousefzadeh

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In this article, we use the capability approach to explore how individual capabilities and contextual opportunities and restrictions contribute to being independent in later life. A qualitative methodology was adopted and we conducted in-depth interviews with 32 adults aged 65 and older, who lived independently and in sheltered housing. The study was carried out in two urban neighborhoods in the North of the Netherlands. Our findings underline that different pathways to independence are shaped by individual resources and capabilities, as well as by social and physical characteristics of the living environment.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)229-259
Aantal pagina's31
TijdschriftResearch on Ageing and Social Policy
Volume7
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
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StatusPublished - jan-2019

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