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 6: Health and Dependency in Later Life
Health and Dependency in Later Life
An enduring stereotype of human ageing is one of inevitable ill-health and mental and physical incapacity leading to disability and dependency. It underpins ageism (Bytheway, 1995) and reflects personal constructions of normal ageing (Bond et al, 2004; Bond and Corner, 2004). In this chapter we explore concepts of health and illness, disability and dependency. We examine the reality of health and dependency in later life from the perspective of older people and compare the provision of formal and informal support within different European societies. The chapter has two broad themes. We describe first the nature of health disability and dependency in European societies. A final section provides a general overview of ...