Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SOUZA, Rosangela Ferreira de; MATIAS, Hernani Aparecido and BRETAS, Ana Cristina Passarella. Reflexions about aging and work. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.6, pp.2835-2843. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000600021.
This qualitative research has the aim to know the meaning of the aging process in the work market referring to the aged people. Six aged persons have participated in this research. The data were collected through an interview and were analyzed using the technique of thematically analyze. Three analytical categories emerged: the meaning of aging/to be aged; the meaning of work; the meaning of aging in the work. Concluding, this paper reinforces the theory that the capitalist societies attach excessive value to the work in the human being life. When it isn't into the life - because of the retirement or the unemployment - it compromises the quality of aging/to be aged of the person, mainly if skills and (individual, social and economical) conditions will lack participation and priority to others activities and values in her/his life.
Keywords : Aging; Labor; Qualitative research.