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This volume introduces the work of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Growing Older Programme (1999-2004) and provides a showcase for the other volumes in the series. It focuses on ways in which quality of life can be extended for older people and offers short research-based summaries of key findings on a variety of core topics with a major emphasis on the views of older people themselves. Many of the leading names in social gerontology in the United Kingdom have contributed their findings, providing the most up-to-date and broad-ranging information available on quality of life in old age. Topics discussed include: Defining and measuring quality of life; Inequalities in quality of life; Technology and the built environment; Healthy and active ageing; Family and support networks; and, Participation and grandparenthood. "Growing Older" is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of social gerontology, sociology and social policy. It is of interest to professionals working with older people, including social workers, gerontology nurses and community support workers. There are also important findings for policy-makers. The contributors are: Sara Arber; Madhavi Bajekal; David Blane; John Bond; Ann Bowling; Jabeer Butt; Lynda Clarke; Joanne Cook; Kate Davidson; Murna Downs; Zahava Gabriel; Ini Grewal; Catherine Hagan Hennessey; Caroline Holland; Gill Hubbard; Leonie Kellaher; Charlotte MacDonald; Tony Maltby; Jo Moriarty; Joan Murphy; James Nazroo; Sheila M. Peace; Chris Phillipson; Ceridwen Roberts; Sasha Scambler; Thomas Scharf; Allison Smith; Susan Tester; Christina Victor; Alan Walker; Lorna Warren.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335215072
ISBN-10: 0335215076
Format: Paperback
(90mm x 60mm x 5mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Catherine Hennessy Hagan

Catherine Hennessy is Deputy Director of the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research (NCAR) and the ESRC Growing Older Programme, based at the University of Sheffield. She is an experienced author and editor who has worked mainly in the US. Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Sheffield, Director of the 33.5 million ESRC Growing Older Programme, and Director of the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research. He is also Research Director for the Social Sciences Division in Sheffield University and is an experienced writer. He has published three previous books with Open University Press - Changing Services for Older People (1996), Ageing Europe (1996) and The Politics of Old Age in Europe (1999).