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Ageing in resiliency: learning from the experiences and perceptions of migrant older adults

Social work with older people is an area of practice that has been relatively underdeveloped, although the profession ought to be at the forefront of the efforts to deal with the issues associated with ageing and ageing populations. Working with older people requires not only understanding individuals’ experiences and perceptions, but also making sense of the context within which they are embedded (Tanner, 2010). A life-span development approach can provide an effective framework that allows practitioners to develop a better understanding of older people’s developmental issues relating to their circumstances. This integrated approach to ageing and old age highlights the claim that both individual characteristics and environmental factors are equally important in achieving successful ageing and resilience.