Western notions of identity are typically aligned with categories of gender, class, sexuality, race and age. Of these, age is the least theorised (Krekula 2007, 158) and yet it is an axiomatic experience for each of us. Age markers determine broad experiences of living in terms of the effects of social, employment, housing and health policy, as well as personal experiences with respect to how others will respond to us and make summations about competency and character (Westerhof and Tulle 2007, 246; Sontag 1997).