This unique book represents the first multi-disciplinary examination of ageing, covering everything from basic cell biology, to social participation in later life, to the representations of old age in the arts and literature.
A comprehensive introductory text about the latest scientific evidence on ageing, the book draws on the pioneering New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, the UK’s largest research programme in ageing. This programme brought together leading academics from across the arts and humanities, social and biological sciences and fields of engineering and medical research, to study how ageing is changing and the ways in which this process can be made more beneficial to both individuals and society.
Comprising individual, local, national and global perspectives, this book will appeal to everyone with an interest in one of the greatest challenges facing the world – our own ageing.
This volume and its companion, The new dynamics of ageing volume 2, provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary overviews of the very latest research on ageing. It reports the outcomes of the most concerted investigation ever undertaken into both the influence shaping the changing nature of ageing and its consequences for individuals and society.
This book concentrates on three major themes: active ageing, design for ageing well and the relationship between ageing and socio-economic development. Each chapter provides a state of the art topic summary as well as reporting the essential research findings from New Dynamics of Ageing research projects. There is a strong emphasis on the practical implications of ageing and how evidence-based policies, practices and new products can produce individual and societal benefits.
This volume and its companion, The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 1, provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary overviews of the very latest research on ageing. Together they report the outcomes of the most concerted investigation ever undertaken into both the influence shaping the changing nature of ageing and its consequences for individuals and society.
This book concentrates on four major themes: autonomy and independence in later life, biology and ageing, food and nutrition and representation of old age. Each chapter provides a state of the art topic summary as well as reporting the essential research findings from New Dynamics of Ageing research projects. There is a strong emphasis on the practical implications of ageing and how evidence-based policies, practices and new products can produce individual and societal benefits.
Older people in the countryside are vastly under-researched compared to those in urban areas. This innovative volume, the first project-based book in the New Dynamics of Ageing series, offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on this issue, focusing on older people’s role as assets in rural civic society. It demonstrates how the use of diverse methods from across disciplines aims to increase public engagement with this research. The authors examine the ways in which rural elders are connected to community and place, the contributions they make to family and neighbours, and the organisations and groups to which they belong. Highly topical issues around later life explored through these perspectives include older people’s financial security, leisure, access to services, transport and mobility, civic engagement and digital inclusion – all considered within the rural context in an era of fiscal austerity. In doing so, this book challenges problem-based views of ageing rural populations through considering barriers and facilitators to older people’s inclusion and opportunities for community participation in rural settings. Countryside Connections is a valuable text for students, researchers and practitioners with interests in rural ageing, civic engagement and interdisciplinary methods, theory and practice.
more generally), considerable debate has focused on the reform of the pensions and long-term care systems. Both are crucial to the wellbeing of older people as well as to financial sustainability. The research project Modelling Needs and Resources of Older People to 2030 (MAP2030) developed a set of projection models to estimate not only future numbers of older people, but also their family circumstances, income, pensions, savings, disability, and formal and informal care needs. These projections included estimates of public and private expenditure on
older people with disabilities and their adult children is projected to rise faster than supply over the next 20 years. Demand for informal care from adult children is projected to rise by over 50% by 2032. • Demographic changes will affect family relationships and availability of kin, and lead to patterns of more complex relationships involving step-children, half siblings and former partners. • The numbers of disabled older people will increase sharply. Although most of the extra year-of-life expectancy will be years free from disability, years with
past two centuries continues through the 21st century, most babies born since 2000 … [in] countries with long life expectancies will celebrate their 100th birthdays … research 114 The new science of ageing suggests that ageing processes are modifiable and that people are living longer without severe disability.’ On the other hand, Olshansky et al (2005, p 1142) stated, ‘as a result of the substantial rise in the prevalence of obesity and its life-shortening complications such as diabetes, life expectancy at birth and at older ages could level off or even
– an experience encountered by increasing numbers of older people as they travel the world as tourists or must relocate due to necessity or choice in later life. Unfamiliarity can lead to insecurity, disorientation, fear over personal safety, social exclusion and loss of independence. Enabling navigation and orientation in built environments is therefore essential to ‘ageing in place’. Use of space and mobility may be restricted through disability, dependency and care needs, or expanded through travel and leisure interests, migration and relocation (Wu et
. In a later study (Mendes de Leon et al, 2003), the researchers found that those older people who participated in more social and productive activities reported less subsequent disability. Similarly, in a longitudinal study of later- life engagement in social and leisure activities (Wang et al, 2001), it was found that frequent engagement in social, mental and productive activities was inversely related to dementia incidence. It was suggested that participation in social activities sustains the person’s social concept of competence. Access to sources of
life. In the second section, ‘Biological perspectives’, the first of the chapters featuring biological scientists in the NDA programme addresses the topic of immunesenescence. As Anna Whittaker and her co-researchers identify, hip fractures are a major source of disability among the older population, with at least half of patients never regaining their previous function. Their research was focused on the close association between depression and the increased risk of infections and poor survival among hip fracture patients. Immune dysregulation, or