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 3: Psychological Ageing
The phenomenon of human ageing has many faces. Physical ageing is the most visible face. We encounter it in our mirror image and in bodily experiences as decreasing velocity, early tiredness and unwanted sleepiness by day, sleeplessness at night, lack of energy, and occasionally waves of indefinite pain. Genome-based physical ageing and its impact on changes in motor, perceptual, cognitive and emotional functioning, is a given; it befalls us. Human ageing is also a socio-cultural phenomenon. The eloquent comments and gazes, the compassionate questions and well-intended considerations of other people around us may reflect, even more vividly than the real mirror, our physical and functional ageing. Indeed, we age in the context of complex networks of personal relations ...