People in their 90s are rebelling against conventional precautions – from ditching emergency buttons to refusing to take paracetamol – as they seek to foster a sense of control over their lives. So says a new study from The Universities of York and Newcastle. Research among a group of 95 years olds found they “used subversive tactics to maintain a level of independence”, often employing humour and secrecy when communicating with their offspring. For example, one denied “having a fall” but admitted to “a slide”. Professor Joy Adamson, from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, said.“Being independent came through strongly as a way of explaining their continued passion for life and was strongly equated to feelings of dignity and youth, A bit of risk taking, particularly with their health, was also important in order to keep their autonomy, particularly with family, where children had now become the carer.”

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