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.

Ageing into the Future

Ageing into the Future

Ageing into the future
JohnBond, FreyaDittmann-Kohli, Gerben JWesterhof and SheilaPeace


In Chapter 1, we documented the ageing of European populations and highlighted that this was a global phenomenon. Although the nature of human ageing and the experience of later life has seen considerable change during the twentieth century, individuals, organisations and states appear ill-equipped or unwilling to prepare for the changes likely in the present century. Within the European Union the proportion of the population will increase considerably. By 2050 the dependency ratio will increase from one person aged 65 years or over to four people of working age (15–64 years) to one person aged 65 years or over to two people of working age. In absolute terms over the same period there ...

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