International Perspectives on Aging

Aging in European Societies

Healthy Aging in Europe

Editors: Phellas, Constantionos (Ed.)

  • Cross-disciplinary roster of expert contributors
  • Examples from diverse European societies illustrating innovative methodological approaches to working with diverse elderly populations
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Between longer life expectancies and declining birth rates, Europe’s elder population is growing into a sizable minority with considerable impact on nations, health systems, and economies—in other words, global implications as well as local and regional ones. Those investing in the health of older adults need a double perspective: the social and clinical complexity of aging and the larger forces shaping these experiences.

 

Aging in European Societies examines aging trends across the continent, analyzing individual and collective variables that affect the lives of older adults, and drawing salient comparisons with other parts of the world. An interdisciplinary panel of experts provides theory, research, and empirical findings (with examples from the UK, Cyprus, Sweden, and others) in key areas such as family and social supports, physical and cognitive changes, dependence and autonomy issues, and living arrangements. The book’s wide-net approach offers insights into not only aging, but aging well. And of particular importance, it details approaches to defining and measuring the elusive but crucial concept, quality of life. Included in the coverage:

 

  • The potential for technology to improve elders’ quality of life.
  • Dementia and quality of life issues.
  • Changes in functional ability with aging and over time.
  • Family networks and supports in older age.
  • Factors influencing inequalities in quality of life.
  • Late-life learning in the E.U.

 

Gerontologists, sociologists, health and cross-cultural psychologists, and public health policymakers will welcome Aging in European Societies as a springboard toward continued discussion, new directions for research, and improvements in policy and practice.

About the authors

Constantinos Phellas is a Professor of Sociology and currently serving as the Vice Rector for Research Faculty at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. His research interests include sociology of health illness, ageing, and sexualities. Professor Phellas holds a doctorate degree in Sociology from the University of Essex, UK. He also holds two Masters degrees from the University of Warwick (UK) and City University (UK) respectively. He has taught extensively (mainly at postgraduate level) at the University of Essex, City University, University of London and London South Bank University.  His publications focus upon the intersection of age, gender and culture and the social & psychological aspects of public health domain. He has recently been elected as the President of the Cyprus Sociological Association for the period 2012-2014.

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From the reviews:

“I enjoyed and highly recommend this book. It provides an in-depth understanding of aging in Europe by combining scientific literature, data sources, analyses, and topics of discussion about aging in other contexts. Social policy makers and practitioners and scholars in gerontology, within the broad framework of social sciences, economics, psychology, and social work, as well as health and technological innovation designed for the elderly, will increase their knowledge through the practices and research results presented in this book.” (Fermina Rojo-Pérez, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 8, 2013)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Constantinos, Phellas

    Pages 1-7

  • Challenging Statutory Pensions Reforms in an Aging Europe: Adequacy Versus Sustainability

    Amitsis, Gabriel

    Pages 9-32

  • Technology and Ageing: Potential for European Societies

    Claßen, Katrin (et al.)

    Pages 33-46

  • Dependence and Individualism: The Influence of Modern Ideologies on Older People’s Food Security

    Fjellström, Christina (et al.)

    Pages 47-60

  • European Older Adults’ Social Activity Networks in National Context: A Cross-National Exploration of National Cultural, Policy, and Economic Characteristics

    Mair, Christine A.

    Pages 61-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aging in European Societies
Book Subtitle
Healthy Aging in Europe
Editors
  • Constantionos Phellas
Series Title
International Perspectives on Aging
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8345-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8345-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8344-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8804-1
Series ISSN
2197-5841
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 288
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