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.

Competence and Cognition

Competence and Cognition

Competence and cognition
Ralf Th.Krampe and LynnMcInnes


As we have seen in a number of earlier chapters, the concepts of ‘age’, ‘old’ and ‘ageing’ enjoy a diversity of meanings and connotations from the perspectives of different scientists engaged in gerontology, different cultures and social groups experiencing ageing in their day-to-day lives and within the development and implementation of public policy. In particular, scientific attempts to categorise life-periods and people's experience and self-perception seem to be at odds with employment strategies and social policies. One well-documented form of institutionalised ageism (see Chapter 6) is that older employees are considered less flexible and less competent than younger adults when it comes to mastering new professional challenges and developing new skills. The chances of older workers being ...

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