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.

Environment and Ageing

Environment and ageing
SheilaPeace, Hans-WernerWahl, HeidrunMollenkopf and FrankOswald


The types of environment in which older people live their lives form the context for continuing or maintaining activity, social interaction and developing personal identity. In relation to human ageing, the concept of ‘environment’ is therefore complex and may be seen as having physical/material, social/cultural and psychological dimensions.

  • The physical/material environment includes the natural landscape, cultivated and open spaces, and the built environment, both domestic and non-domestic, developed over time.
  • The social environment concerns the engagement of people to places – how spaces and places are used, organised and structured, from nations to neighbourhoods to homes displaying particular traditions and events within a particular culture.
  • The psychological environment concerns the meaning of place, both current and across the life-course, ...
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