|About the book|
This volume introduces the work of the Economic and Social Reseach Council (ESRC) funded Growing Older Programme (1999-2004) and provides a showcase for the other volumes in the series. It focuses on ways in which quality of life can be extended for older people and offers short research-based summaries of key findings on a variety of core topics with a major emphasis on the views of older people themselves.
Many of the leading names in social gerontology in the United Kingdom have contributed their findings, providing the most up-to-date and broad-ranging information available on quality of life in old age. Topics discussed include:
· Defining and measuring quality of life
· Inequalities in quality of life
· Technology and the built environment
· Healthy and active ageing
· Family and support networks
· Participation and grandparenthood
Growing Older is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of social gerontology, sociology and social policy. It is of interest to professionals working with older people, including social workers, gerontology nurses and community support workers. There are also important findings for policy-makers.
Contributors: Sara Arber; Madhavi Bajekal; David Blane; John Bond; Ann Bowling; Jabeer Butt; Lynda Clarke; Joanne Cook; Kate Davidson; Murna Downs; Zahava Gabriel; Ini Grewal; Catherine Hagan Hennessey; Caroline Holland; Gill Hubbard; Leonie Kellaher; Charlotte MacDonald; Tony Maltby; Jo Moriarty; Joan Murphy; James Nazroo; Sheila M. Peace; Chris Phillipson; Ceridwen Roberts; Sasha Scambler; Thomas Scharf; Allison Smith; Susan Tester; Christina Victor; Alan Walker; Lorna Warren.
|About the authors|
Catherine Hennessy is Deputy Director of the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research (NCAR) and the ESRC Growing Older Programme, based at the University of Sheffield. She is an experienced author and editor who has worked mainly in the US.
Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Sheffield, Director of the 33.5 million ESRC Growing Older Programme, and Director of the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research. He is also Research Director for the Social Sciences Division in Sheffield University and is an experienced writer. He has published three previous books with Open University Press - Changing Services for Older People (1996), Ageing Europe (1996) and The Politics of Old Age in Europe (1999).
|Table of contents|
1.Introducing the Growing Older Programme on Extending Quality of Life
2.Quality of Life in Old Age from the Perspectives of Older People
Zahava Gabriel and Ann Bowling
James Nazroo, Madhavi Bajekal, David Blane and Ini Grewal 4.Environment, Identity and Old Age – Quality of Life or a Life of Quality?
Leonie Kellaher, Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland
5.Poverty and Social Exclusion: Growing Older in Deprived Urban Neighbourhoods
Thomas Scharf, Chris Phillipson and Allison E. Smith
6.Loneliness in Later Life
Christina R. Victor, Sasha J. Scambler, John Bond and Ann Bowling
7.Older Men: Their Health Behaviours and Partnership Status
Kate Davidson and Sara Arber
8.A Participatory Approach to Older Women's Quality of Life
Joe Cook, Tony Maltby and Lorna Warren
9.Social Support and Ethnicity in Old Age
Jabeer Butt and Jo Moriarty
10. The Meaning of Grandparenthood, and its Contribution to the Quality of Life of Older People
Lynda Clarke and Ceridwen Roberts
11.Frailty and Institutional Life
Susan Tester, Gill Hubbard, Murna Downs, Charlotte MacDonald, Joan Murphy