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What is the future of old age? How will families, services, and economies adapt to an older population? Such questions often provoke extreme and opposing answers: some see ageing populations as having the potential to undermine economic growth and prosperity; others see new and exciting ways of living in old age. The Futures of Old Age places these questions in the context of social and political change, and assesses what the various futures of old age might be.
Prepared by the British Society of Gerontology, The Futures of Old Age brings together a team of leading international gerontologists from the United Kingdom and United States, drawing on their expertise and research. The book's seven sections deal with key contemporary themes including: population ageing; households and families; health; wealth; pensions; migration; inequalities; gender and self; and identity in later life.
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.
IntroductionPART ONE: THE FUTURE OF THE LIFE COURSEVisions of Later Life - Andrew Blaikie Golden Cohort to Generation ZFuture `Conflicts' across Generations and Cohorts? - Vern L Bengtson and Norella M PutneyDevelopments in the Life Course - Dale Dannefer and Casey MiklowskiPART TWO: THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATIONAgeing and Social Class - Alan Walker and Liam Foster An Enduring RelationshipGender and Later Life - Sara Arber Change, Choice and ConstraintsEthnicity and Old Age - James NazrooPART THREE: THE FUTURE OF RETIREMENT AND PENSIONSThe Future of Inequalities in Retirement Income - Debora Price and Jay GinnWill the Baby-Boomers be Better off than Their Parents in Retirement? - Maria Evandrou and Jane FalkinghamThe Future of Stock Market Pensions - Richard MinnsPART FOUR: THE FUTURE FOR `SELF' IN OLD AGEAgeing Selves and Others - Simon Biggs Distinctiveness and Uniformity in the Struggle for Intergenerational SolidarityBiographical Work and the Future of the Ageing Self - Jaber F Gubrium and James A HolsteinAgeing and Belief - Between Tradition and Change - Peter G Coleman, Marie A Mills and Peter SpeckPART FIVE: THE FUTURE FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN OLD AGEWill Our Old Age be Healthier? - Christina VictorIs there a Better Future for People with Dementia and their Families? - Murna Downs and Errollyn BruceThe Future of Well-Being - John Bond and Lynne Corner Quality of Life of Older People in the 21st CenturyPART SIX: THE FUTURE OF FAMILY AND LIVING ARRANGEMENTS FOR OLDER PEOPLEThe Ageing of Family Life Transitions - Sarah HarperFlying Solo in Old Age - Kate Davidson Widowed and Divorced Men and Women in Later LifeHousing and Future Living Arrangements - Sheila PeacePART SEVEN: GLOBALIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF OLD AGEAnti-Ageing Science and the Future of Old Age - John VincentAgeing and Globalization - Chris PhillipsonThe Future Life Course, Migration and Old Age - Tony Warnes
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