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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Capability in Age and Ageing

  • This open access book defines the capability approach from contrasting perspectives

  • Provides examples on how the capability approach can be used in different studies

  • Provides a truly multidisciplinary approach with contributions from epidemiology, psychology, sociology, political science and much more

Part of the book series: International Perspectives on Aging (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 31)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Hanna Falk Erhag, Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson, Therese Rydberg Sterner, Ingmar Skoog
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. The AgeCap Conceptual Framework for Research on Capability in Ageing

    • Therese Rydberg Sterner, Greta Häggblom-Kronlöf, Pia Gudmundsson
    Pages 9-17Open Access
  4. The ICECAP-O Measure

    • Susanne Gustafsson, Helena Hörder
    Pages 19-27Open Access
  5. The Capability Approach in Epidemiological Studies

    • Ingmar Skoog, Hanna Falk Erhag, Silke Kern, Therese Rydberg Sterner, Jessica Samuelsson, Anna Zettergren
    Pages 29-50Open Access
  6. Capability in Research on Cognition and Well-being in Ageing and Retirement

    • Boo Johansson, Anne Ingeborg Berg, Pär Bjälkebring, Marcus Praetorius Björk, Yvonne Brehmer, Sandra Buratti et al.
    Pages 65-80Open Access
  7. The Capability Approach in Research on Ageing Well at Home for Frail Older People

    • Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Qarin Lood, Katarina Wilhelmson, Kajsa Eklund, Emmelie Barenfeld, Greta Häggblom-Kronlöf et al.
    Pages 95-107Open Access
  8. eHealth Literacy and Capability in the Context of the Pandemic Crisis

    • Dimitrios Kokkinakis
    Pages 109-129Open Access
  9. Increasing People’s Capabilities by Using Design Thinking in the Decision-Making Process

    • Jane Elisabeth Frisk, Lisbeth Svengren Holm
    Pages 131-148Open Access
  10. The Capability Approach in Social Work with Older People

    • Inger Kjellberg
    Pages 149-162Open Access
  11. A Historical Perspective on Ageing and Capability

    • Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson, Helene Castenbrandt
    Pages 163-174Open Access
  12. Invisible or Powerful? Ageing in a Mediatised Society

    • Annika Bergström, Maria Edström
    Pages 191-205Open Access
  13. System and Life-Course Perspectives on Capability to Work and Capability Through Work

    • Lotta Dellve, Robin Jonsson, Marita Flisbäck, Mattias Bengtsson
    Pages 207-219Open Access
  14. Organisational Capability for Delayed Retirement

    • Ewa Wikström, Karin Allard, Rebecka Arman, Roy Liff, Daniel Seldén, Roland Kadefors
    Pages 221-232Open Access
  15. Capability and Political Participation Among Ageing Populations

    • Maria Solevid, Ann-Ida Scheiber Gyllenspetz
    Pages 233-248Open Access
  16. Back Matter

    Pages 249-252

About this book

This open access book provides insight on how to interpret capability in ageing – one’s individual ability to perform actions in order to reach goals one has reason to value – from a multidisciplinary approach. With for the first time in history there being more people in the world aged 60 years and over than there are children below the age of 5, the book describes this demographic trends as well as the large global challenges and important societal implications this will have such as a worldwide increase in the number of persons affected with dementia, and in the ratio of retired persons to those still in the labor market. Through contributions from many different research areas, it discussed how capability depends on interactions between the individual (e.g. health, genetics, personality, intellectual capacity), environment (e.g. family, friends, home, work place), and society (e.g. political decisions, ageism, historical period). The final chapter by the editors summarizes the differences and similarities in these contributions. As such this book provides an interesting read for students, teachers and researchers at different levels and from different fields interested in capability and multidisciplinary research.

Keywords

  • Open access
  • Centre for Ageing and Health in Sweden
  • Time trends and capability
  • Work/retirement and capability
  • Cognition and capability in older adults
  • Health, frailty and capability in older adults
  • Multidisciplinary research methods
  • Participation, representation of older adults
  • Self-determination and capability of older adults
  • Capability - ability to perform actions in order to reach goals
  • Cumulative advantage/disadvantage
  • Capability in the ageing process
  • Overall functioning and participation in societal life
  • How to interpret capability in ageing
  • Persons affected with dementia
  • Ratio of retired persons to those still in the labor market
  • Vast increase in the population aged >65 years
  • Understanding ageing through a multidisciplinary approach
  • AgeCap

Editors and Affiliations

  • Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Unit, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Hanna Falk Erhag, Therese Rydberg Sterner, Ingmar Skoog

  • Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden

    Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson

About the editors

Hanna Falk Erhag (RN, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, and a senior researcher at Age Cap – Center of Ageing and Health at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Her work focuses specifically on self-rated health, functional ability, and resilience in older adults in relation to symptoms of chronic illness, functional disability, demographic, cognitive, behavioral risk and protective factors.

Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson (PhD, TD) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Historical studies and a senior researcher at Age Cap – Center of Ageing and Health at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research has mainly focused on gender and power in the field of health care professions during the late 19thand 20th century. Her currently research is dealing with age and ageing in a historical perspective, focusing specifically on the development of elderly care.

Therese Rydberg Sterner (PhD) is a researcher at Age Cap – Center of Ageing and Health at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Her work focuses specifically on depression in relation to behavioural and biological risks and protective factors in large population-based samples of older adults.

Ingmar Skoog (MD) is a Professor in Psychiatry and Director of Age Cap – Center of Ageing and Health at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. His research focuses mainly on neuro degenerative disorders in older adults, behavioral risks and protective factors in large population-based samples of older adults that have been followed with nearly identical health examinations for more than 40 years.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Capability in Age and Ageing

  • Editors: Hanna Falk Erhag, Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson, Therese Rydberg Sterner, Ingmar Skoog

  • Series Title: International Perspectives on Aging

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78063-0

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78062-3

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78065-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-78063-0

  • Series ISSN: 2197-5841

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-585X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 252

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Aging Population, Population Economics, Public Health

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)