By Virpi Timonen
"This introductory textual content is a legitimate, simple evaluate. it truly is good dependent, and simply available either to put folks, who can have little wisdom or adventure of social gerontology, in addition to to scholars who may well search to discover and improve insights additional, inside of what's a comparatively fresh highbrow tradition."
Chrisine Atwell, college of Social Sciences, Cardiff college, UK
“Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction offers a finished creation to the sphere of getting old, highlighting the inter-connections among future health, financial and social features of getting old. Virpi Timonen’s booklet is written in a full of life and available sort and may be really important for undergraduates and scholars on specialist classes. “
Sara Arber, collage of Surrey, UK
"Timonen does a great activity of explaining either very simple options and intricate elements, hence making this publication obtainable to a extensive diversity of readers. There are just only a few exceptions the place this can be missed. total, as a result, it is a very balanced method of a big and titanic topic region that manages to stability a social critique that calls us to handle and adapt growing older socially, politically and economically, with an positive view of the achievements and possibilities that those advancements deliver with them."
VANESSA BECK collage of Leicester
"It is particularly fresh to learn a booklet which achieves the fragile stability among celebrating age and getting old with no wasting the message that there are specific organic, mental and social demanding situations for older humans in all societies ... the amount is easily written in a jargon-free, vigorous and obtainable sort, and any priceless acronyms and technical vocabulary are absolutely defined to the reader ...I don't have any doubt that the publication might be of curiosity to either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in fields reminiscent of gerontology, social coverage, social paintings, sociology, nursing, in addition to execs and practitioners who paintings with older humans. Timonen presents a transparent, well-organised, wide-ranging and understandable creation to the complicated and hugely topical topic of growing old and its international and social diversity."
KATE DAVIDSON Centre for examine on growing old and Gender, collage of Surrey, Guildford, UK
- what's getting old?
- Why is growing older vital and the way do we realize it greater?
- How does coverage and perform when it comes to growing old populations vary around the globe?
This booklet goals to persuade readers that ageing isn't dull, threatening or miserable, yet that it has huge, immense relevance for the younger and the outdated alike. Virpi Timonen offers an interesting advent to the principal social, fiscal and political points and affects of ageing and makes the case for the significance of analysing growing older from a couple of diversified views. utilizing comparative foreign information, the writer offers an in depth description of the method of inhabitants getting old, together with expanding durability, alterations in fertility and adaptations within the future health prestige of older populations.
moreover, the ebook units out the social context and history of growing older, discussing similar and appropriate advancements, resembling:
- alterations in family members constructions
- styles of loved ones formation
- Women’s labour marketplace participation
- source of revenue and paintings in older age
- wellbeing and fitness and social care of older humans
- Attitudes in the direction of older people
The ebook highlights the character of getting older as somebody and societal event. the writer succeeds in arguing that while getting old is changing into an more and more frequent and international event, age-related guidelines, practices and for that reason the particular lived adventure of growing old range tremendously among nations and areas of the area.
Ageing Societies is of curiosity and use to either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in fields resembling gerontology, social coverage, social paintings, sociology, nursing, in addition to pros and practitioners within the eldercare sectors and common readers from a large choice of backgrounds who desire to achieve an realizing of the complicated and hugely topical topic of ageing.
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This seems to indicate that care is still available 38 SOCIAL CONTEXTS OF AGEING despite changes in women’s labour market participation rates, but it may be coming at a high cost to some individuals whose situation should be alleviated by policies designed to make the combination of care and work easier and more financially, physically and psychologically manageable (Phillips et al. 2002; see also Chapter 7). Receiving financial help from parents prior to care needs arising does increase the likelihood of providing care to the parents (Henretta et al.
While the share of the older population is predicted to grow in African countries also, this share is believed to reach a comparatively very low level: in South Africa, one of the continent’s richest countries, it is predicted to be as low as 14 percent. 8 Source: Adapted from United Nations (2007b: 60–4), tab. 10. 1 billion in 2050. 2 percent annually, implying a net addition of 77 million people per year. 3 percent predicted for 2045–50). While world population is therefore set to increase fast over the next 50 years, the populations of some countries will in fact decline.
However, several factors will mitigate the impact of smaller family size on the availability of support in old age. First it is important to bear in mind that of the larger number of children born to previous generations, fewer survived to the age where they could be useful to their parents in old age. Also, while it may be the case that the amount of support received from children in old age is positively related to the number of children, the marginal benefits from each additional child beyond the second or the third child are in most cases very small.
Ageing Societies: a comparative introduction by Virpi Timonen