Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life / Edition 1

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Mental health issues amongst older adults are becoming ever more prevalent. This fascinating book looks broadly at the mental health and well-being issues that affect adults in later life. Taking a holistic approach to mental health and mental health promotion, the book explores the debates around what is meant by mental health and mental illness and the wider social determinants of mental health.

All chapters have a common thread running through them-each of which was identified as being a key theme for mental health and well-being by adults in later life. Among them are issues relating to:



Societal diversity



Cultural differences

A range of examples from the UK and other countries, along with insights gained from older people's own perspectives, are used to emphasise the evidence base for effective interventions to promote mental health. Case studies, vignettes and quotes demonstrate how social theory and principles of health promotion can be effectively applied to improve practice.

Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life is key reading for those working or intending to work in public health, health promotion and health and social care professions, especially those who work with older people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335228911
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Mima Cattan is Reader in Health Promotion, Healthy Ageing and Co-Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. Her PhD focused on health promotion and social isolation and loneliness among older people. She is co-editor with Sylvia Tilford of Mental Health Promotion: A Lifespan Approach (Open University Press, 2006).
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Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes vii

List of contributors ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgements xvii

List of abbreviations xix

1 Introduction Mima Cattan 1

2 What is mental health and mental well-being? Gill Windle 9

3 Theoretical perspectives on ageing and health promotion Sylvia Tilford 30

4 Policy and practice in the promotion of mental health and well-being in later life Jill Manthorpe Steve Uiffe 48

5 Work, retirement and money Suzanne Moffatt 64

6 Relationships Demise Forte 84

7 Keeping active Angela Clow Liz Aitchisori 112

8 Coping, choice and control: pathways to positive psychological functioning and independence in later life Maureen Mickns Tom Owen 136

9 Conclusions Mima Cattan 154

Appendices 166

Glossary 169

Index 172

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