The Futures of Old Age

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John A Vincent, Chris Phillipson, Professor Chris Phillipson, Murna Downs
SAGE, Jun 2, 2006 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 255 pages

Prepared by the British Society of Gerontology, The Futures of Old Age brings together twenty-one leading UK and US gerontologists, drawing on their expertise and research. The book's seven sections deal with key contemporary themes, including population aging, households and families, health, wealth, pensions, migration, inequalities, gender, and self and identity in later life. The Futures of Old Age is thought-provoking reading for anyone studying aging, especially for those attending courses in gerontology and related areas, as well as for those concerned with the development of social and economic policy.

 

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Contents

The Future of the Life Course
9
Developments in the Life Course
30
Change Choice
54
The Future of Retirement and Pensions
73
Will the Babyboomers be Better off than their
85
The Future of Stock Market Pensions
98
The Future for Self in Old Age
107
Biographical Work and the Future of the Ageing Self
117
Is there a Better Future for People with
147
Quality of Life of Older
154
The Future of Family and Living
161
Widowed and Divorced
172
Housing and Future Living Arrangements
180
Globalization and the Future of Old Age
189
Ageing and Globalization
201
References
218

Ageing and Belief Between Tradition and Change
125
The Future for Health and Wellbeing in Old Age
135

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About the author (2006)

am currently working on ‘anti-ageing medicine', death and immortality and the insights they provide for the cultural construction of old age . These studies identify a crisis in understanding ‘old age' which stems from significant advances in the control and manipulation of biological ageing. Claims to the technical ability to control the human ageing process are far from new but challenging issues about the meaning of old age arise with the prospect of significantly enhanced longevity claimed by contemporary bio-gerontology. I have written journal articles, chapters and given seminars on the significance of the biologisation of old age many of which can be accessed from this page.

Chris Phillipson is Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University.

Chris Phillipson is Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University.

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