This idea of the ‘bell curve of human ageing’ does not, however, take account of experience. If it did, there would be no downward slope.
Gemma Carney is a lecturer in social policy at Queen’s University Belfast where she is part of the ARK Ageing programme team. Her work has been published in Ageing & Society, European Journal of Ageing, Critical Social Policy, Journal of Aging Studies and Gender & Society. She is a member of the executive committee of the British Society of Gerontology and the editorial board of Ageing & Society. Her recent work uses material culture to explore the lived experience of longevity.