Ageing and Later Life / Edition 2

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This wide-ranging and accessible Reader examines the range of issues raised by ageing in contemporary society. The collection is unique in combining academic and practitioner analysis with personal accounts. Ageing and Later Life reflects the diverse nature of the subject by taking a multidisciplinary approach, including literary, historical, sociological, policy, psychological, philosophical and clinical perspectives.

This lively and informative book features essays by major authors in the field and includes discussions of: cultural aspects of self-image and identity; current concerns relating to health and well-being; the reality of power and control in the care of older people; concepts and values which shape our understanding of ageing; issues of policy and politics; and historical perspectives on ageing and possibilities for the future.

An invaluable sourcebook for students and researchers in social gerontology, sociology, psychology, health and social work, as well as policymakers and practitioners, this book is a set book for The Open University course K256 An Ageing Society

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'An imaginative collection of articles and papers.... It is a real pleasure to recommend this very pleasing collection, which is a welcome addition to any gerontology library, personal or public.' - Baseline

'This book offers a wealth of valuable information together with a collection of fascinating insights into ageing and later life. Although its scope it extremely ambitious, it manages to highlight the most salient aspects of social gerontology and will appeal to readers at all levels in this subject.... In summary, this is an extremely enjoyable and very informative book which should have wide appeal and represents excellent value.' - Update

'From personal accounts to academic treatise, with the thoughtful fiction of Alan Bennett cheek by jowl with commentary on the place of old age in Agatha Christie, one is able to observe the full range of possibility. Image, value, policy, power; these, and other perspectives, are fluidly present. It embraces, then, like the course it supports, a multi-disciplinary approach.... The Open University strikes again.... it has truly been in the production of texts, in respect both of content and presentation, that the Open University has made so significant a mark. The re-designed course, An Ageing Society, not least its accessible reader, is yet another contribution.' - Ageing and Society

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Personal Accounts
1 Look me in the eye 5
2 Coming out of the age closet 9
3 The ageing of Mary Berenson 12
4 Home from home? 18
5 Mrs Hatter 22
6 Mr and Mrs Cosgrove 26
7 Epilogue to An Autobiography 29
Images and identity
8 Old age in crime fiction 32
9 A cream cracker under the settee 38
10 Have the men had enough? 47
11 The photographic image 51
12 Ageing with a disability 54
13 Ageing and cultural stereotypes of older women 60
14 Ageing and ethnicity 68
Ill-Health and Well-Being
15 The health of older Asians 76
16 Osteoporosis in women 84
17 Depression in later life 94
18 Frames of reference for an understanding of dementia 100
19 Love, sex and aging 107
20 Age discrimination in health care 112
Intervention and Therapy
21 Does group living work? 120
22 A holistic approach in the ward 128
23 Elderly people: their medicines and their doctors 132
24 Assessing risk 137
25 Vulnerable to abuse 144
26 Baffle locks: in whose best interest? 151
27 Freedom to wander 155
Power and Control
28 Obstacles to the development of user-centred services 160
29 Rest assured: new moves in quality assurance for residential care 168
30 A powerhouse for change: empowering users 178
31 Approaches to advocacy 181
32 The pensioners' movement: federation, consolidation, fragmentation, 1938-1948 188
33 On being a woman in the pensioners' movement 193
Concepts and Values
34 Ageism: concept and definition 200
35 'Us' and 'them'? Feminist research, community care and disability 207
36 Philosophical perspectives on quality of life 215
37 Religion and aging 221
38 Gerontological approaches to quality of life 228
39 Measuring quality of life 233
Policy and Politics
40 Ideology and the private sector of welfare 239
41 Housing and community care 246
42 Workers versus pensioners 254
43 The new prospects for retirement 262
44 Older people in Europe: social and economic policies 269
45 Born 1898; a brief group biography 276
46 Oral history as a social movement: reminiscence and older people 280
47 History of migration to the United Kingdom 288
48 Glimpses of a lost history 297
49 Social services for elderly people: from Beveridge to Thatcher 310
50 The historical development of geriatric medicine as a specialty 319
51 History of old age in western culture and society 327
52 The politics of age 332
53 Ageing in developing countries: has it got anything to do with us? 339
54 Paths for future population aging 344
55 Can we survive the world revolution? 352
Author Index 359
Subject Index 364
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