Ageing Societies : A Comparative Introduction

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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This book provides an intelligent introduction to the central social, economic and political aspects and impacts of ageing. It contains a detailed description of the process of population ageing, using comparative international data of developments such as rising old-age dependency ratios and falling youth dependency ratios, changes in fertility, mortality and morbidity rates, and other relevant indicators. In addition to this description of population ageing per se, the book sets out the social context and background of ageing: discussing related and relevant developments such as changes in family structures, patterns of household formation, and women's labour market participation.

Author Biography

Virpi Timonen is Director of the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre (SPARC) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxesp. vi
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Social contexts of ageingp. 1
The importance of understanding ageingp. 3
Demography 101: why do populations age?p. 13
Changing family structures and inter-generational solidarityp. 28
Health, income and work in later lifep. 45
Health in later lifep. 47
Pensions and employment: providing security in old age?p. 63
Population ageing: an excessive burden or a manageable challenge?p. 88
Care of older personsp. 107
Care services for older people I: informal and formalp. 109
Care services for older people II: community and institutional carep. 136
New behaviours, new demands, new challengesp. 151
Exercising power and challenging attitudesp. 153
Conclusion: what will the 'silver century' look like?p. 163
Referencesp. 180
Indexp. 197
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