The Expected, Evaluated, Perceived, Valued and Prevalent Social Roles of Older People: Are They by Consent?

  • Lucie Vidovićová


This chapter uses the Active Ageing Index (AAI) as an “operationalisation” of the active ageing paradigm and compares it with the perceived roles and contributions of older people and older peoples’ own preferences and prevalent role sets. The active ageing concept highlights productive roles such as worker, volunteer and care provider. However, the surveys show that older people are socially recognised primarily for their contributions as grandparents and providers of support for families. If the preferences of older people themselves are considered, the roles of grandparent, partner, friend and parent are attributed the highest value. The survey “Life roles (2014)” has shown that friend, parent, sibling and partner are the most prevalent roles. The discussion calls for strengthening the weight of the family roles within the AAI.


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  • Lucie Vidovićová
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social StudiesMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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