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.
|Introduction `What is Old Age?'|
|Theoretical Perspectives on Ageing; `Why We Grow Old?|
|Methodological Aspects of Studying Age|
|Demographic Perspectives on Ageing: Ageing People in an Ageing World Section Two: Social Institutions and Ageing|
|Ageing in Families|
|Employment and Retirement|
|Ageing and the Welfare State Section Three: Current Issues in Gerontology|
|Does Old Age Have Meaning?|
|Economic Perspectives: Can We Afford Old Age?|
|Conclusions: What is Successful Ageing?|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 16th December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.22 x 13.36 x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1