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Old Age In Europe

A Textbook of Gerontology

  • Kathrin Komp
  • Marja Aartsen
  • This book introduces scholars to the most important theories, concepts, and discussions in gerontology with an eye on the current situation in Europe?


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kathrin Komp, Marja Aartsen
    Pages 1-13
  3. Joel Ankri, Bernard Cassou
    Pages 15-28
  4. Mike Martin, Nathan Theill, Vera Schumacher
    Pages 29-43
  5. Jolanta Perek-Bialas, Joop J. Schippers
    Pages 79-96
  6. Harald Künemund, Nele Tanschus
    Pages 97-112
  7. Ricca Edmondson
    Pages 113-130
  8. Marja Aartsen, Kathrin Komp
    Pages 131-136
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 137-141

About this book


Europe currently is the oldest continent in the world and its population is still ageing. This demographic shift affects society, economy, and welfare states. Scholars from various disciplines and the public noted this development and wonder what effects it may have, but lack adequate information. They call for explanations that are concise and easily accessible. The book at hand fills this lacuna. It introduces readers to the most important developments, theories, concepts, and discussions in ageing studies – always keeping an eye on the current situation in Europe. Each chapter adopts the perspective of a different discipline, e.g. public health, sociology, economics, or technology. To make the explanations easy to understand, the book includes learning tools such as learning objectives, multiple choice questions, and a glossary.


Active ageing Bio- and health gerontology Cultural gerontology Dementia Economic gerontology Gerontopsychology Older people as consumers and workers Political gerontology Population ageing in Europe Social gerontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Kathrin Komp
    • 1
  • Marja Aartsen
    • 2
  1. 1., Umeå UniversityDepartment of SociologyUmeåSweden
  2. 2., Faculty of Social SciencesVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Old Age In Europe
  • Book Subtitle A Textbook of Gerontology
  • Editors Kathrin Komp
    Marja Aartsen
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Aging
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Aging
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-6133-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-6134-6
  • Series ISSN 2211-3231
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-324X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 141
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aging
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