Growing Older in Europe
Open University Press, 2005 - Medical - 295 pages
Annotation. This book provides a comprehensive picture of quality of life in old age in five very different European Union countries. Based on systematic review of the evidence in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UIKL by leading national experts the volume constitutes a unique resource for anyone interested in ageing in Europe. As well as covering all the most important issues concerning quality in later life, including physical and mental health, the environments of ageing, employment and income, family and support networks and participation and social integration, each chapter follows a standard format to ensure maximum accessibility of the material presented and comparisons between the countries. A comparative framework is provided in the introductory chapter which also places the five countries in their broad European context. The research evidence contained in this volume has never been available previously in the one place and, therefore, it represents a unique contribution to the literature. The book is intended as a companion volume to the others in the Growing Older series providing the only comparative European perspective. This comparative analysis shows that many similar quality of later life issues are being faced by older people in different EU countries but that the policy and service contexts are quite different, as are the research traditions.
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activities age group aged 65 Alan Walker assessment average Baltes cent of older chronic cognitive compared contribution countries Deeg dementia disability early retirement East Germany economic elderly employment environment etal ethnic Eurobarometer European European Commission example factors feel frequently gender Germany gerontology grandchildren grandparents health status higher household housing important income quintile increase independent indicators individual institutions ISTAT Italy labour market less living conditions loneliness major measures neighbourhood Netherlands number of older nursing homes old age older age older Italians older people living older people's organizations participation pension percentage physical population positive problems programme public transport QoL in old recent relatively residential residents retirement age role satisfaction service routes significant social contacts social networks social relationships socio-economic Statistics Sweden subjective health subjective wellbeing survey Sweden Table third age users Walker younger