Ageing: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | November 14, 2016

byNancy A. Pachana

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Ageing is an activity we are familiar with from an early age. In our younger years upcoming birthdays are anticipated with an excitement that somewhat diminishes as the years progress. As we grow older we are bombarded with advice on ways to overcome, thwart, resist, and, on the rare occasion,embrace, one's ageing. Have all human beings from the various historical epochs and cultures viewed aging with this same ambivalence? In this Very Short Introduction Nancy A. Pachana discusses the lifelong dynamic changes in biological, psychological, and social functioning involved in ageing. Increased lifespans in the developed and the developing world have created an urgent need to find ways to enhance our functioning andwell-being in the later decades of life, and this need is reflected in policies and action plans addressing our ageing populations from the World Health Organization and the United Nations. Looking to the future, Pachana considers advancements in the provision for our ageing populations, includingrevolutionary models of nursing home care such as Green House nursing homes in the USA and Small Group Living homes in the Netherlands. She shows that understanding the process of ageing is not only important for individuals, but also for societies and nations, if the full potential of thoseentering later life is to be realised.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Ageing is an activity we are familiar with from an early age. In our younger years upcoming birthdays are anticipated with an excitement that somewhat diminishes as the years progress. As we grow older we are bombarded with advice on ways to overcome, thwart, resist, and, on the rare occasion,embrace, one's ageing. Have all human being...

Nancy A Pachana is a professor of Geropsychology at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is the co-founder and co-director of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative, which promotes ageing research and translation into policy and practice at the University and beyond. She has an international reputation in the area of geriatric mental he...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:November 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198725329

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Table of Contents

1. Ageing: A brief history2. Physical and biological aspects of ageing3. The psychology of ageing4. Social and interpersonal aspects of ageing5. Positive and successful ageing6. Ageing going forward: Reflections and future directionsReferencesFurther ReadingIndex