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Using a life course approach, the main chapters in this truly original and enlightening text focus on health and well-being during each of our life stages. A wide range of contemporary literature from disciplines such as public health, sociology, epidemiology and social policy are drawn upon to examine key health and well-being issues in these stages, and to illustrate how health effects can accumulate across the life course. Interactive activities based on the text and on extracts from primary sources are used to encourage critical reflection and debate. Mary Larkin's book will be essential reading for students on the many courses that need an understanding of health and well-being across all age groups. It will also be an invaluable resource for those in the health ...

Health and Well-Being in Old Age
Health and well-being in old age
Introduction

The social category of ‘old age’ is a socially constructed and relative concept. It is also extremely broad and in some contexts it is not even referred to as such – the terms ‘late adulthood’, the ‘last decades of life’ or ‘The Third Age’ being deemed preferable alternatives. In addition, many people designated as elderly do not self-identify as ‘old’. However, for statistical and policy purposes, people over 65 are classified as being ‘older people’. Those who are over 85 are often referred to as ‘old old’ (Degnen, 2007). The data about ...

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