Why do some people live to an advanced old age while others do not? And what does old age really mean in modern society?
Gerontology is a multi-disciplinary science concerned with the study of aging, which integrates biological, psychological and social study. This book focuses on the social contexts of aging, looking at the diversity of aging and older people, and at different factors that are important to experiences of old age and aging.
This comprehensive text includes chapters on:
- theoretical and methodological bases for the study of aging
- demographic context of the 'aging' population
- health and illness
- family and social networks
- formal and informal care and other services for older people.
The book provides an invaluable introduction to the major issues involved in the study of aging and is essential reading for students of sociology, gerontology, social policy, health and social care, and professionals working with older people.