Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities by Kate O'Loughlin, Colette Browning, Hal Kendig

By Kate O'Loughlin, Colette Browning, Hal Kendig

This stimulating quantity examines the numerous faces of Australia’s growing old inhabitants, the social and health and wellbeing matters they deal with, and the stairs being taken—and many who will be taken—to support make certain a extra optimistic and effective later existence. person and societal getting old are conceptualized as developmental in nature, socially different, and marked by means of way of life demanding situations stemming from the country’s monetary constructions, attitudes, geography, political panorama, and infrastructure. Wide-ranging assurance (e.g., future health, inequalities, employment, transportation) assesses innovations to be had to older humans, and the function of households, employers, carrier services, executive firms, and others in selling or increasing these offerings. The book’s double emphasis on demanding situations in older people’s lives and possibilities for reinforcing their caliber of lifestyles is on transparent reveal as case reports study coverage issues—and suggest solutions—in a societal and person context.

Included within the coverage:

· Australian advancements in getting old: matters and history.

· Cultural variety, health and wellbeing, and ageing.

· Indigenous Australians and getting older: responding to range in coverage and practice.

· improving the healthiness and employment participation of older workers.

· Housing and the environments of ageing.

· well-being companies and deal with older people.

The wealthy examples in Ageing in Australia comprise a intensity of figuring out and proof for sociologists, gerontologists and psychologists learning getting old, future health care pros supplying care to older humans, and coverage analysts assessing components for improvement.

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Bruce, Australia: The Australia Institute. Howe, A. ). (1981). Towards an older Australia: Readings in social gerontology. St Lucia, Australia: University of Queensland Press. , & Browning, C. (2016). Social research and actions in ageing well. In H. Kendig, P. McDonald, & J. ), Population ageing and Australia’s future. Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. , & Wells, Y. (2014). Health, lifestyle, and gender influences on aging well: An Australian longitudinal analysis to guide health promotion. Frontiers in Public Health, 2, 2–70.

Old age was seen to signify ill health, dependency, vulnerability, frailty and loss of competence, which impacted on the older person’s dignity. Many older people were seen as not being familiar with technological advances and information technology. However, many health professionals reported that, while working with older people was given low status, they found it enjoyable and satisfying, and it offered variety and an intellectual challenge. In the views of these health professionals there was a need for more professional education around person-centred care, with an emphasis on supporting older people to live with dignity and maintain their independence and quality of life for as long as possible (Arino-Blasco et al.

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