The concept of identity has frequently been discussed within various disciplines. However, it has scarcely been problematizised with an age perspective. Thereby, it seems as taken for granted that identity processes are the same, irrespective of processes of ageing and experiences during the lifespan.
In this paper I will discus questions that appear when social psychological identity theories face social gerontological research. Based on focus groups interviews with women 75 – 96 years old, I will show that age sensitive identity theories need the capacity to elucidate identities´ stability as well as their readiness to change. Furthermore, I will outline some practicable theoretical tools. The results that will be presented, I argue, call attention to the presence of two different embodied meanings: one that involves the body in the identity process, and another embodied dimension that even might work against the individuals identity claims. I will refer to these two embodied meanings as “on-stage-body” and “off-stage-body”.