The Third Edition of this popular and widely-used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of aging, exploring the key behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods.
This new edition of Ageing in Society has been extensively rewritten and reflects new trends in European gerontology, incorporating recent developments in theory and research from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The book is in two sections. In the first, contributors provide an overview of key issues in the study of biological, psychological, and social aging. The second section critically examines interdisciplinary perspectives on health, social protection, work and retirement, social relations, environments, cultural images of aging, cognitive aging, and the management of individual lifestyles.
Ageing in Society was developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fulfill the need for an authoritative introduction to social gerontology. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioral sciences throughout the UK and Europe, as well as for students and practitioners in health and social care.
Chapter 1: The Ageing World
The Ageing World
Over the past two centuries a gradual transformation has taken place across the world; the population has been ageing due to the on-going decline in fertility coupled with increasing longevity. This global phenomenon will continue to dominate the twenty-first century even though different world regions will experience demographic change at different rates. It is predicted that in the developed regions of the world, including Europe, a third of the population will be aged 60 years or over by 2050; while in the less developed regions the older population will make up almost 20% (United Nations, 2002). These changes also mask dramatic differences. The developed world will have gradually moved to this position supported by relative ...