Ageing Societies: a comparative introduction by Virpi Timonen

By Virpi Timonen

"This introductory textual content is a legitimate, easy evaluate. it really is good based, and simply available either to put individuals, who could have little wisdom or adventure of social gerontology, in addition to to scholars who might search to discover and increase insights additional, inside what's a comparatively fresh highbrow tradition."
Chrisine Atwell, university of Social Sciences, Cardiff collage, UK

Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction offers a complete creation to the sector of ageing, highlighting the inter-connections among overall healthiness, fiscal and social elements of getting older. Virpi Timonen’s publication is written in a full of life and obtainable sort and should be really beneficial for undergraduates and scholars on specialist classes. “
Sara Arber, collage of Surrey, UK

"Timonen does an outstanding task of explaining either very simple techniques and intricate elements, hence making this booklet available to a vast variety of readers. There are just only a few exceptions the place this is often ignored. total, hence, this can be a very balanced method of an immense and great topic zone that manages to stability a social critique that calls us to deal with and adapt growing old socially, politically and economically, with an confident view of the achievements and possibilities that those advancements convey with them."
VANESSA BECK collage of Leicester

"It is particularly clean to learn a booklet which achieves the fragile stability among celebrating age and getting older with no wasting the message that there are targeted organic, mental and social demanding situations for older humans in all societies ... the quantity is easily written in a jargon-free, full of life and available sort, and any worthwhile acronyms and technical vocabulary are totally defined to the reader ...I haven't any doubt that the publication may be of curiosity to either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in fields similar to gerontology, social coverage, social paintings, sociology, nursing, in addition to pros and practitioners who paintings with older humans. Timonen presents a transparent, well-organised, wide-ranging and understandable creation to the advanced and hugely topical topic of getting older and its worldwide and social diversity."
KATE DAVIDSON Centre for study on aging and Gender, collage of Surrey, Guildford, UK

  • what's getting old?
  • Why is getting old vital and the way will we comprehend it higher?
  • How does coverage and perform with regards to ageing populations vary around the globe?

This ebook goals to persuade readers that getting old isn't really dull, threatening or miserable, yet that it has huge, immense relevance for the younger and the previous alike. Virpi Timonen presents a fascinating advent to the primary social, monetary and political facets and affects of aging and makes the case for the significance of analysing getting older from a few varied views. utilizing comparative foreign information, the writer offers a close description of the method of inhabitants getting older, together with expanding durability, adjustments in fertility and diversifications within the wellbeing and fitness prestige of older populations.

furthermore, the booklet units out the social context and historical past of growing old, discussing comparable and appropriate advancements, akin to:

  • alterations in kin buildings
  • styles of family formation
  • Women’s labour marketplace participation
  • source of revenue and paintings in older age
  • health and wellbeing and social care of older humans
  • Attitudes in the direction of older people

The publication highlights the character of growing older as someone and societal event. the writer succeeds in arguing that when growing old is turning into an more and more common and international event, age-related regulations, practices and accordingly the particular lived event of getting older fluctuate significantly among nations and areas of the realm.

Ageing Societies is of curiosity and use to either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in fields corresponding to gerontology, social coverage, social paintings, sociology, nursing, in addition to execs and practitioners within the eldercare sectors and normal readers from a wide selection of backgrounds who desire to achieve an figuring out of the complicated and hugely topical topic of ageing.

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Patterns of marriage and divorce, the increasing prevalence of living alone, and the declining level of fertility have an impact on the social networks and support structures of older people today and in the decades to come. However, the chapter cautions against adopting a naive view of the past and a gloomy view of the future: while social isolation and loneliness do affect some older people in modern societies, there is no reason to believe that developments such as smaller family size or even increased prevalence of divorce will necessarily result in more pronounced social isolation among the older populations in the future.

The umbrella concept that is applied by some social epidemiologists is ‘social engagement’. ). A considerable body of research indicates that social engagement or its various component parts do indeed have a positive impact on health, longevity and even survival after adverse health events such as a heart attack. Married individuals tend to live longer and remain healthier than unmarried people, although the difference is more pronounced for men than for women. Men appear to benefit more from being married than women do.

3 million children under the age of 18 have lost one or both parents by AIDS. A large share of these orphaned children is already living with their grandparents or other older care givers. For instance, in Namibia, the share of orphans (not living with a surviving parent) being taken care of by grandparents rose from 44 percent in 1992 to 61 percent in 2000. A similar pattern is in evidence in other countries such as Tanzania and Zimbabwe (UNAIDS, UNICEF and USAID 2004). Inter-generational solidarity It is often assumed that the younger generations are too absorbed in their busy lives to want any intensive involvement in the care of their parents.

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