The Aging–Disability Nexus

Edited by Katie Aubrecht, Christine Kelly, and Carla Rice
Categories: Health, Social Work & Psychology, Social Work, Health & Medicine, Social Sciences, Disability Studies, Sociology
Series: Disability Culture and Politics
Publisher: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774863674, 296 pages, June 2020
Paperback : 9780774863681, 296 pages, February 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774863698, 296 pages, June 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774863704, 296 pages, June 2020
Ebook (MobiPocket) : 9780774863711, 256 pages, May 2020

Table of contents

Introduction / Katie Aubrecht, Christine Kelly, and Carla Rice

Part 1: Conceptualizing the Nexus

1 Aging and Disability: The Paradoxical Positions of the Chronological Life Course / Amanda Grenier, Meridith Griffin, and Colleen McGrath

2 Spectres of Unproductive Life: The Aging–Disability–Dementia Complex / Lucy Burke

3 Cripping Care Advice: Austerity, Advice Literature, and the Troubled Link between Disability and Old Age / Sally Chivers

4 Dancing In and Out of Control: Challenging the Myth of Bodily Mastery through the Lens of Parkinson’s Disease / Monique Lanoix

Part 2: Politics of Care

5 Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Policy: Toward a Critical Ethics of Care Approach / Maggie FitzGerald

6 Directly Funded Home Care for Older Adults: Exploring the Legacies of Disability Activism / Christine Kelly

7 Age, Disability, and Encounters with Care: Older People’s Experiences of Home Care / Rachel Barken and Alan Santinele Martino

8 Power, Agency, Aging, and Cognitive Impairment: The Stories of Two Women / Margaret Oldfield and Nancy Hansen

9 Regulation of “Care” in Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario / Poland Lai

Part 3: Timescapes and Landscapes

10 Aging with and into Disability: Futurities of New Materialisms / Nadine Changfoot and Carla Rice

11 From Boomer to Zoomer: Aging with Vitality under Neoliberal Capitalism / Anne McGuire

12 Deconstructing Dependency and Development in Global Dementia Policy / Katie Aubrecht and Akwasi Boafo

13 Aging and Disability in the Time of AIDS: Reflections from Research with Older Women Caregivers in South Africa / May Chazan

14 Disability, Age, the British Countryside, and Social Exclusion / Nathan Kerrigan

Dialogue: Speaking from the Nexus

Thinking into Aging–Disability Nexuses: A Dialogue between Two Scholars / Ruth Bartlett and Alison Kafer



As the global population ages, disability demographics are shifting. Societal transformation and global health inequities have changed who is likely to reach old age, who is likely to live with disability, and the relationship between aging and disability in various socio-cultural and geopolitical contexts. The Aging–Disability Nexus breaks new ground by bringing gerontology and disability studies into dialogue. This thoughtful examination of competing narratives about disability and aging explores the distinction between aging with a disability and aging into disability, revealing how multiple identities, socio-economic forces, culture, and community give form to our experiences.


I really appreciated the breadth of topics, including experiences of dance among people with Parkinson’s; an arts-based initiative called Re•Vision, which seeks to disrupt normative narratives of aging and disability; and the stories of two women aging with and aging into cognitive disability. Furthermore, with few exceptions, most theoretical discussions are illustrated with compelling real world examples.

- W. Ben Mortenson, associate professor, University of British Columbia

The Aging-Disability Nexus provides a comprehensive overview of current studies on the relationships between aging and disabilities[...]

- CHOICE Connect