The ageing of the population has enormous implications for the provision of, and access to, health care. Christina Victor's important textbook provides comprehensive overview of the experiences of older people, chapters on physical health, mental health, disability and lifestyle, a thesis of current policy developments, the key debates on the future health of elders and an international, up-to-date perspective.
Written by a leader in the field, the book covers key questions such as the fitness of future older people, the widening inequalities in their health and whether health in old age is related to habits and behaviour in earlier life.
CHRISTINA R. VICTOR is Professor of Gerontology and Public Health and Director for Health Ageing in the Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies at Brunel University, West London, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Her main research interests are in the areas of ageing and later life, including health status, social networks and social relationships, loneliness and isolation, and the ageing of minority communities. Her most recent book, The social world of older people, co-authored with Sasha Scambler and John Bond, was published by Open University Press in 2008.
Introduction: perspectives on ageing, health and care; Introduction to the key concepts; Health and mortality; Chronic disease and disability; Mental health and psychological well-being; Consumption and health; Responding to needs: provision and utilisation of services; Health in the future.