What is ageing?
Why is ageing important and how can we understand it better?
How does policy and practice in relation to ageing populations differ across the globe?
This book aims to convince readers that ageing is not boring, threatening or depressing, but that it has enormous relevance for the young and the old alike. Virpi Timonen provides an engaging introduction to the central social, economic and political aspects and impacts of ageing and makes the case for the importance of analysing ageing from a number of different perspectives. Using comparative international data, the author provides a detailed description of the process of population ageing, including increasing longevity, changes in fertility and variations in the health status of older populations.
In addition, the book sets out the social context and background of ageing, discussing related and relevant developments, such as:
Changes in family structures
Patterns of household formation
Women?s labour market participation
Income and work in older age
Health and social care of older people
Attitudes towards older people
The book highlights the nature of ageing as an individual and societal experience. The author succeeds in arguing that whilst ageing is becoming an increasingly widespread and global experience, age-related policies, practices and consequently the actual lived experience of ageing differ greatly between countries and regions of the world.
Ageing Societies is of interest and use to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in fields such as gerontology, social policy, social work, sociology, nursing, as well as professionals and practitioners in the eldercare sectors and general readers from a wide variety of backgrounds who wish to gain an understanding of the complex and highly topical subject of ageing " TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section One: Social Contexts of Ageing
1. The Importance of Understanding Ageing
2. Demography 101: Why Do Populations Age?
3. Changing Family Structures and Inter-Generational Solidarity
Section Two: Health, Income and Work in Later Life
4. Health in Later Life
5. Pensions and Employment: Providing Security in Old Age?
6 Population Ageing: an Excessive Burden or a Manageable Challenge?
Section Three: Care of Older Persons
7. Care Services for Older People I: Informal and Formal
8. Care Services for Older People II: Community and Institutional Care
Section Four: New Behaviours, New Demands, New Challenges
9. Exercising Power and Challenging Attitudes
10. Conclusion: What Will the `Silver Century? Look Like?