ABSTRACT

Despite Bowlby's early assertion that attachment representations are likely to exert in¯uence `from the cradle to the grave' (Bowlby, 1969/1982: 208), relatively little attention has been paid to the importance of attachment in later life in comparison with other stages of the lifespan (Bradley & Cafferty, 2001). This chapter considers the relationship between attachment and ageing with a particular focus on later life. First, the broader context of attachment and later life is introduced by highlighting issues relating to population and individual ageing. Against this backdrop the attachment framework is explored and its utility in fostering developmental insights into later life is considered.