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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.

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not most, older people. To achieve this goal society needs to comprehend certain realities that FCMAP’s research suggests about the lived experience of citizens as older people, including the need to: • restore symbolic capital to older people; • understand the complex processes of social narrative exchanges that shape and modulate our cultural understanding of the experience of ageing in the contemporary period; The new dynamics of ageing 260 • admit the radical ways in which social attitudes towards ageing among older people themselves have changed

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