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Illness in old age is part of an individual's fate and must be approached with acceptance

Avgoulas, Maria-Irini and Fanany, Rebecca 2013, Illness in old age is part of an individual's fate and must be approached with acceptance, International journal of civic, political and community studies, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 71-76.

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Title Illness in old age is part of an individual's fate and must be approached with acceptance
Author(s) Avgoulas, Maria-Irini
Fanany, Rebecca
Journal name International journal of civic, political and community studies
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 71
End page 76
Total pages 6
Publisher Common Ground
Place of publication Champaign, Illinois
Publication date 2013-11-24
ISSN 2327-0047
Keyword(s) illness
old age
fate
luck
Greek Australians
god
acceptance
elderly Greek
Summary Older members of the Greek community see aging and the ill health that may accompany it as an inevitable part of life. They associate illness very closely with God’s will, and largely believe their state of health is an aspect of fate and / or luck that they do not have control over and must simply accept. This paper, based on research conducted in Melbourne, Australia, describes the way in which the experience of old age is understood in the worldview of this group. The words fate and luck (τύχη = tyche; γραφτό = graphto) are often used by older Greeks to characterize their situation. Luck, to this group, is not random. The term (τύχη) was used in classical times to refer to a kind of minor deity that controlled the fortune of the Greek city states, and an element of this idea of intention remains today. In the modern context, luck comes from God, and for this group, is part of γραφτό, or destiny, something that is written. In its usual usage in Greek, γραφτό refers to something that must happen to a person because it is predetermined and cannot not occur. The meaning that these older Greek individuals give to the word luck in the modern world is manifested in their acceptance of the problems of aging and their approach to coping with their own experience.
Language eng
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Common Ground Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058014

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