Active ageing and immigrants elders: A possible relation? Exploring the case of Switzerland

TitleActive ageing and immigrants elders: A possible relation? Exploring the case of Switzerland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBolzman, C, Kaeser, L
JournalRevista Migrações
Volume10
Pagination29-44
Date Published04/2012
PublisherACIDI
Place PublishedLisboa
ISSN1646-8104
Keywordsactive ageing, elderly immigrants, retirement, social expectations, ways of life
Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between active ageing and the ways of life of immigrant elders. In the first part of the paper the meaning of active ageing and the context of production of this notion is analysed. A distinction is made between active ageing as a normative notion and the sociological perspective that emphasises the study of realities as they are lived and perceived by the individuals themselves. In the second part of the paper, the life conditions of immigrant elders, their expectations about retirement and the ways they spend their everyday life during their old days in Switzerland are explored. The conclusion discusses their specific ways of being “active” after retirement with regard to the notion of active ageing.

Refereed DesignationRefereed