Community, Identity and Elderly: What Happens When “Us” Enhances “Me” – The Belonging on Elderly


We are living on times where it is possible to observe families with three or four generations to coexist, but their members are so busy and involved in so many activities outside home, that there is no time to share experiences in day life time, and sharing is restricted on commemorative parties dates, or occasional weekends. Authors have been studied the life familiar cycle in some cultures, and notice that the “empty nest” can reach the family life. That is true that we do consider the particular story of life, the multiplicity of contexts, according socio-cultural environment where the life develops, to know how these affects the elderly. But we visualize that the counselling and practicing the adoption of a variety of activities, including social ones, gives to the seniors more interest on life, make them to be able or to feel connected again with something, and to come true new projects in life. The wellbeing is associated with a high self- esteem, physical, psychological and mental health and these are characteristics that delay the time of the natural elderly process. On the other hand, the physical autonomy, and the financial independence are ingredients to enjoy freedom to live, as someone want to. This fact could find sometimes barriers in the familiar circle, considering age to do things, and maybe it is time to the family make reflections about the child treatment that ones can give to elders.

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Maria Arlene Almeida Moreira, Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ceneide Maria Oliveira Cerveny, Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Conference: ECP2017
Stream: Psychology and Education

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