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Ageing: a personal futures perspective

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Abstract:

Futures research is commonly reported on the macro scale, and involves analysis of a global or national situation with a long-range view of trends and alternative futures. This article approaches ageing and the future from the micro scale, examining the future one life at a time; suggesting that futures methodology can, and should, be effectively applied to individual lives. Three propositions relating to development of personal futures are introduced, focusing on life stages, personal trends and life events after age 60. These three elements of life are then shown as a framework on which individuals can build personal scenarios and create personal strategic plans for the stages of life after age 60.

Keywords: Life Planning; Personal Needs

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14636680310509008

Publication date: November 26, 2003

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