Ageing and the Good things in life: The application of SRV to supporting people as they age


Ageing and the Good things in life: The application of Social Role Valorization to supporting people as they age

Held, R., Armstrong, J., Lemay R. & Thomas, S. (Editors)  (2020)

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As they age, many people lose valued social roles and their value in the eyes of others and this opens a big door to other bad things happening to them. They get cast into negative roles, such as burdensome, dependent, child once again, or object of pity. They get surrounded by negative imagery that interprets them as useless, sick, and as good as dead. They get rejected and put at physical and social distance from the larger society. These things lead to declines in competence and health, reduced well-being, even abbreviation of life itself.

This book addresses the plight of older people by looking at how they are valued in society, and the roles they are given and permitted to fill. It proposes the creation and the support of valued social roles for older people as key to their getting and holding on to the good things of life. This is embodied in a service principle called Social Role Valorization, or SRV.

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Table of Contents


Raymond Lemay, Ronda Held, John Armstrong & Susan Thomas


  1. Wolf Wolfensberger
    A Brief Overview of Social Role Valorization, and Major Implications to the Elderly
  2. Michael Rungie & Wolf Wolfensberger
    The Wounding of Older People, and Their Most Common Wounds
  3. John Armstrong
    Why SRV Is Important and Relevant in the Current Context of Aged Care Service
  4. Ronda Held
    Ageing and Social Role Valorization
  5. Lorna Sullivan
    Social Role Valorization: A Conceptual Framework for Transforming Person-Centred Care for Elders
  6. Michael Fine & Hal Kendig
    Normalizing Old Age and Aged Care: Social Role Valorization and International Trends in Ageing
  7. Michael Rungie
    Roles for Older People: The Ultimate Prize of Social Role Valorization
  8. Ronda Held, Jane Sherwin & Joyleen Thomas
    Creating Measures of Real Service Quality Based on SRV: The Experiences of One Agency’s Work Towards Good Lives for Older People.
  9. Lorna Hallahan
    The Better Practice Project: A Transformative Approach to Work-Integrated Learning in Social Care with Older Australian Citizens
  10. Anouk Bolsenbroek & Hanne Laceulle
    Setting the Scene for Later Life: Cultural Stories for Inspiration and Resistance
  11. Lynda Shevellar & John Armstrong
    Re-Thinking Respite in Aged Care
  12. Jane Sherwin
    Exploring Three Contemporary Residential Responses to Older People Through a Social Role Valorization Lens
  13. Robin Starry Fields
    From One Generation to Another: The Beauty of Lives Shared
  14. Jo Massarelli
    Social Role Valorization Applied to the Safeguarding of Elders
  15. Wolf Wolfensberger
    The Risk To Life Of Elderly People in the Contemporary Societal Context

Quotes from the book

If we are to be of true service to our elders, we need to focus our attention on this question:  What would make this period in their life good rather than what would be good enough?

Lorna Sullivan

“It all starts again, if and when older people start to become frail, develop significant chronic conditions, or simply start to experience loss of capacity.  People don’t suddenly aspire less, want to contribute less, want less purpose, want to be valued less for who they are.”

Michael Rungie

Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg