Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities

Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities

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This stimulating volume examines the many faces of Australia’s ageing population, the social and health issues they contend with, and the steps being taken—and many that should be taken—to help ensure a more positive and productive later life. Individual and societal ageing are conceptualized as developmental in nature, socially diverse, and marked by daily life challenges stemming from the country’s economic structures, attitudes, geography, political landscape, and infrastructure. Wide-ranging coverage (e.g., health, inequalities, employment, transportation) assesses options available to older people, and the role of families, employers, service providers, government agencies, and others in promoting or expanding those choices. The book’s double emphasis on challenges in older people’s lives and opportunities for enhancing their quality of life is on clear display as case studies examine policy issues—and propose solutions—in a societal and individual context.

Included in the coverage:

· Australian developments in ageing: issues and history.

· Cultural diversity, health, and ageing.

· Indigenous Australians and ageing: responding to diversity in policy and practice.

· Enhancing the health and employment participation of older workers.

· Housing and the environments of ageing.

· Health services and care for older people.

The rich examples in Ageing in Australia contain a depth of understanding and evidence for sociologists, gerontologists and psychologists studying ageing, health care professionals providing care to older people, and policy analysts assessing areas for improvement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493964666
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 11/18/2016
Series: International Perspectives on Aging , #16
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kate O’Loughlin PhD is an associate professor in the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney and Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). A/Professor O’Loughlin is a health sociologist with research interests in ageing and health particularly around workforce participation, the competing demands of work and care, attitudes to ageing, and age discrimination.


Colette Browning PhD is the Director of the RDNS Institute, Honorary Professor at Peking University, Research Director of the Shenzhen International Primary Health Care Research Institute and Adjunct Professor at Monash University. Professor Browning is recognised as a national and international leader in psychology and health with a special focus on healthy ageing. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).


Hal Kendig PhD is Professor of Ageing and Public Policy at the Australian National University’s Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the Research School of Population Health; and is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). He is a gerontologist and sociologist with primary research interests in socio-economic determinants over the life span, attitudes to ageing, housing and health, community care services and policies, and ageing in Asia. Professor Kendig is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a Life Member of COTA, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction: Challenges and Opportunities.- 2: Population Aging/Demographic change.- 3: Health and Aging.- 4: Cultural diversity and aging.- 5: Indigenous Australians and Aging.- 6: Employment and older people.- 7: Attitudes to Aging.- 8: Health policy and aging.- 9: Aging and Health Services.- 10: Retirement Income.- 11: Environments of Aging.- 12: Transport Options for Older People.- 13: Politics and Advocacy for Older Australians.- 14: Aged Care: Service Delivery and Practice.- 15: Directions and Choices for the Future.

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