Aging in Comparative Perspective

Processes and Policies

  • Ian Gillespie Cook
  • Jamie Halsall

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 1-6
  3. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 7-16
  4. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 17-25
  5. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 27-36
  6. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 37-45
  7. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 47-58
  8. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 59-66
  9. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 67-76
  10. Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall
    Pages 77-79
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 81-94

About this book

Introduction

Aging in Comparative Perspective

Processes and Policies

 

Ian G. Cook and Jamie Halsall

 

 

People are living longer—in particular, the over-85 population is increasing in many countries around the globe. But while this fact should be considered a proud testament to improved standards of living, it is often lost in contentious debates over the state of health care and the future of benefit programs.

 

Aging in Comparative Perspective explores this complex scenario on a world scale, as the global recession drives political change and shifts in cultural traditions. This timely volume analyzes the aging process in various countries, with special focus on the stresses placed on their economies as the numbers of elders increase with fewer young people available to support them due to declining birthrates. The authors review elder policies, such as entitlement programs, that have been put into place, are being considered, or are in danger of being curtailed. At the same time, helpful light is shed on another side of the elderly that receives less attention: active, independent, and benefiting their families and communities. This ongoing evolution is presented in national and global context in seven representative countries: U.S., U.K., Japan, Sweden, China, South Africa, and Nepal.

 

Aging in Comparative Perspective makes a major contribution to our understanding of the wider impact of growing old, and will find interested readers among gerontologists, sociologists, public health policymakers, and anthropologists.

Keywords

Active aging Aging Aging and health Aging in China Aging in England Aging in Japan Aging in Nepal Aging in South Africa Aging in Sweden Aging in the United Kingdom Aging in the United States Aging societies Diseases of affluence Diseases of poverty Old age Population studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Gillespie Cook
    • 1
  • Jamie Halsall
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social ScienceLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., Department of Behavioral and Social ScieHuddersfield UniversityHuddersfield, West YorkshireUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1978-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1977-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1978-5
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