Ageing Societies: a comparative introduction by Virpi Timonen

By Virpi Timonen

"This introductory textual content is a valid, uncomplicated evaluation. it really is good based, and simply obtainable either to put people, who could have little wisdom or adventure of social gerontology, in addition to to scholars who may possibly search to discover and boost insights additional, inside what's a comparatively contemporary highbrow tradition."
Chrisine Atwell, university of Social Sciences, Cardiff college, UK

Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction presents a complete advent to the sphere of getting older, highlighting the inter-connections among healthiness, financial and social facets of growing older. Virpi Timonen’s ebook is written in a full of life and available kind and should be fairly important for undergraduates and scholars on specialist classes. “
Sara Arber, collage of Surrey, UK

"Timonen does an exceptional task of explaining either very uncomplicated suggestions and intricate features, therefore making this e-book available to a wide variety of readers. There are just only a few exceptions the place this can be overlooked. total, for that reason, this can be a very balanced method of a major and titanic topic quarter that manages to stability a social critique that calls us to deal with and adapt getting older socially, politically and economically, with an positive view of the achievements and possibilities that those advancements convey with them."
VANESSA BECK college of Leicester

"It is especially fresh to learn a publication which achieves the fragile stability among celebrating age and getting old with no wasting the message that there are exact organic, mental and social demanding situations for older humans in all societies ... the quantity is definitely written in a jargon-free, energetic and available kind, and any beneficial acronyms and technical vocabulary are absolutely defined to the reader ...I don't have any doubt that the ebook might be of curiosity to either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in fields reminiscent of gerontology, social coverage, social paintings, sociology, nursing, in addition to execs and practitioners who paintings with older humans. Timonen offers a transparent, well-organised, wide-ranging and understandable advent to the complicated and hugely topical topic of getting older and its worldwide and social diversity."
KATE DAVIDSON Centre for examine on growing older and Gender, college of Surrey, Guildford, UK

  • what's aging?
  • Why is growing old very important and the way do we are aware of it larger?
  • How does coverage and perform on the subject of growing old populations vary around the globe?

This ebook goals to persuade readers that getting older isn't uninteresting, threatening or miserable, yet that it has huge, immense relevance for the younger and the previous alike. Virpi Timonen offers an enticing creation to the crucial social, fiscal and political features and affects of growing older and makes the case for the significance of analysing growing older from a couple of assorted views. utilizing comparative overseas info, the writer offers an in depth description of the method of inhabitants getting old, together with expanding durability, adjustments in fertility and diversifications within the overall healthiness prestige of older populations.

moreover, the publication units out the social context and historical past of ageing, discussing comparable and appropriate advancements, equivalent to:

  • adjustments in kinfolk constructions
  • styles of loved ones formation
  • Women’s labour industry participation
  • source of revenue and paintings in older age
  • future health and social care of older humans
  • Attitudes in the direction of older people

The booklet highlights the character of getting older as a person and societal event. the writer succeeds in arguing that while getting older is turning into an more and more frequent and international event, age-related rules, practices and as a result the particular lived adventure of growing older fluctuate significantly among nations and areas of the area.

Ageing Societies is of curiosity and use to either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in fields resembling gerontology, social coverage, social paintings, sociology, nursing, in addition to execs and practitioners within the eldercare sectors and basic readers from a large choice of backgrounds who desire to achieve an realizing of the advanced and hugely topical topic of ageing.

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Patterns of marriage and divorce influence the number of people who are seen to be ‘alone’ (although not necessarily childless, friendless or even partnerless) in old age. However, a number of factors need to be taken into account in order to obtain an accurate picture of the impact of marriage and divorce rates. In many societies co-habitation without marriage has become a popular choice that can persist into old age. For this reason, marriage statistics increasingly need to be accompanied by information about the proportion of people living in consensual unions or co-habiting.

1996). , Ireland, Italy) it is not uncommon for parents to make very substantial contributions to their adult children’s purchase of a first home and other major investments such as higher education (indeed it is sometimes argued that expectations of such extensive financial gifts to children have the effect of reducing fertility – only one child may be perceived to be ‘affordable’). In the area of care, too, the emphasis is usually on care given by younger to older generations: this tends to divert attention away from the very extensive inputs that older generations have into the care of younger generations.

1 Proportion of total population (%) and number (millions) of people aged 60 and over, worldwide, 1950–2050 1950 2000 2050 8% 10% 21% 200 million 600 million 2000 million Source: Adapted from Mujahid (2006). Older populations in the developing and developed countries Demographic profiles and both the extent and speed of population ageing vary widely in different parts of the world: all share the general trend of ageing but are at different stages of the demographic transition and are progressing at different rates.

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