Ageing Europe

Ageing Europe

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What role do senior citizens have in European society in the late twentieth century? Retirement is no longer the straightforward entry point to old age it once was. More and more people throughout Europe are leaving the labour force in different ways. At the same time older people are living longer and healthier lives, forcing back the threshold of frailty. This book presents findings from recent policy oriented research undertaken by the EU's Observatory on Ageing and Older People; the most definitive account to date of socio-economic policies affecting older people and the extent of their social integration in European society. The book also presents the results from a specially commissioned Eurobarometer survey of public attitudes to ageing and older people conducted in twelve European Union countries. Overall it provides a unique and comprehensive portrait of how older people are perceived by the general public in the EU and how they view themselves and the ageing process. The book criticizes European countries for failing to come to terms with the fact of societal ageing and challenges them and the EU itself to ensure the social integration of older people.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 10mm | 222.26g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0335197469
  • 9780335197460

Table of contents

A profile of older Europeans
Intergenerational relations and social integration
Pensions and living standards
Older workers
Health and social care
The politics of ageing societies
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Review quote

"...a boon to post-registration and degree students looking for up-to-date statistics." - Nursing Times "For the moment Ageing Europe takes its place as the most accessible, comprehensive, contemporary account of EU social policy and European attitudes to ageing available...a welcome addition to the excellent Open University Press series 'Re-thinking Ageing'." - Sociology "I found this book intriguing, hopeful, and challenging for those of us committed to providing quality care for our older population in ways that are both socially sound and fiscally acceptable." - BMJ "Those who wish to gain a comparative picture of the economic, health, social and living conditionsof older people in Europe will seize upon this book." - Age & Ageing "...the major strength of this book is its employment of a wide range of research findings, principally analyses by the EU Observatory on Ageing and Older People and the data from aspecial Eurobarometer survey for the European Commission in 1992...The authors should be commended for their lucid and informative use of such research to set out the need to promote more fully the social integration of older people and to deal with the problems standing in the way of what they term 'productive ageing'. As their final sentence notes, 'In ageing societies it is in everyone's interest to promote full citizenship of older people.' Readers will find this book to be an excellent primer for such a task." - Generations Review
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About Walker

Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Sheffield. Chair of the European Observatory on Ageing and Older People. Author of numerous books, reports and scientific papers on ageing and social policy, including The Caring Relationship (with H. Qureshi, Macmillan, 1989); The New Generational Contract (edited, UCL Press, 1996); and Changing Services for Older People (with L. Warren, OU Press, 1996).

Tony Maltby is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. He contributes regularly as an abstractor for the journal Ageing and Society on European issues and is the author of Women and Pensions in Britain and Hungary (Avebury, 1994). His main research interest is the comparative study of pensions and income in later life. He is a member of the executive of the British Society of Gerontology and its Honorary Treasurer.
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