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Bryan C. Taylor

In: Interpersonal Communication in Older Adulthood: Interdisciplinary Theory and Research

Chapter 9: Frailty, Language, and Elderly Identity: Interpretive and Critical Perspectives on the Aging Subject

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Frailty, Language, and Elderly Identity: Interpretive and Critical Perspectives on the Aging Subject
Frailty, language, and elderly identity: Interpretive and critical perspectives on the aging subject
BryanC.Taylor

I suppose I deserve being talked to that way, I've gotten so old. Most people think that when you get so old, you either freeze to death, or you burn up. But you don't. When you get so old, all that happens is that people talk to you that way.

Grandmother, in Albee, The American Dream (1961, p. 19)

Even though we are old, we are not yet finished. We still come into new things and could change yet a lot before we die.

Informant quoted in Meyerhoff (1986, p. 277)

Whether experienced as growth or decline, aging brings limits to the older adult. ...

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