This study was aimed to investigate the characteristics of social representations of health and ageing among the elderly. 150 young-old and oldest-old took part in the study. It was administered two questionnaires concerning the representations of health and ageing. The principal component analysis concerning the two parts of the questionnaire has revealed a complex two-factorial conception of health and an integrated conception of ageing characterized by projects, experiential richness and personal growth. The results are discussed highlighting their connections with recent theories on health as bio-psycho-social condition and the contemporary theories on positive ageing that enphasizes the role of internal and social resources for attaining it.
Keywords: Social representation, healtl, positive aging