1st Edition

New Dynamics in Old Age
Individual, Environmental and Societal Perspectives





ISBN 9780415784627
Published February 24, 2017 by Routledge
404 Pages

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This book was nurtured by the belief that the new dynamics of today's and tomorrow's aging has not yet been treated well in the gerontology literature. Several questions drove the choice of substance for the book: What kind of new dynamics of aging deserves consideration? What kinds of theories and fields are at the core of treating such a new dynamics? And what kind of empirical evidence should be considered? The master hypothesis on which the book is based maintains that the new dynamics of old age is best observed in a range of everyday aging contexts that have been undergoing major change since the second half of the 20th century. In particular, five areas of new and persistent dynamics are treated in depth: the social environment, with a focus on cohort effects in social relations and the consideration of family relations and elders as care redelivers; the home environment, with emphasis on housing and quality of life, relocation and urban aging issues; the outdoor environment, with consideration of out-of-home activity patterns, car-driving behaviour and the leisure world of aging; the technological environment, with treatments of the role of the Internet and the potential of technology for aging outcomes and; and the societal environment with a focus on global aging, the new politics of old age and older persons as market consumers. The book's main purpose is to provide the scholarly gerontology community with a comprehensive and critical discussion of these new trends related to old age. The book will be of interest for the scholarly community of gerontology in a variety of disciplines; sociology, psychology, demography, epidemiology, humanities, social policy and geriatrics; students in gerontology education and in the disciplines named above who have an interest in aging issues (graduate level); professionals in practical and applied fields related to aging such as community and urban planners, health and care providers and policymakers; people involved in senior citizens' organizations and those in industry who wish to serve older people with new products.

Table of Contents

Preface
 On New Person-Environment Dynamics in Old Age: Opportunities and Constraints Jon Hendricks 

PART I: Introduction
 Searching for the New Dynamics in Old Age—A Book Opener Hans-Werner Wahl, Clemens Tesch-Römer, and Andreas Hoff

 The Social Construction of Age and the Experience of Aging in the Late Twentieth Century Christine L. Fry

 Changes in the Physical and Mental Function of Older People: Looking Back and Looking Ahead Kenneth G. Manton and XiLiang Gu

PART II: New and Persistent Dynamics Regarding the Social Environment
 Cohort Differences in Social Relations Among the Elderly Krisitine J. Ajrouch, Hiroko Akiyama, and Toni C. Antonucci

 Family Relations and Aging—Substantial Changes Since the Middle of the Last Century? Andreas Hoff and Clemens Tesch-Römer

 Elders as Care Receivers: Autonomy in the Context of Frailty Steven H. Zarit and Elizabeth R. Braungart

PART III: New and Persistent Dynamics Regarding the Home Environment
 The Impact of Housing on Quality of Life: Does the Environment Matter Now and Into the Future? Laura N. Gitlin

 Beyond the Relation Trauma in Old Age: New Trends in Elders' Residential Decisions Frank Oswald and Graham D. Rowles

 Aging in a Difficult Place: Assessing the Impact of Urban Deprivation on Older People Thomas Scharf, Chris Philippson, and Allison Smith

PART IV: New and Persistent Dynamics Regarding the Outdoor Environment
 Always on the Go? Older People's Outdoor Mobility Today and Tomorrow: Findings from Three European Countries Heidrun Mollenkopf, Isto Ruoppila, and Fiorella Marcellini

 Does Driving Benefit Quality of Life Among Older Drivers? Karlene Ball, Virginia G. Wadley, David E. Vance, and Jerri D. Edwards

 The New Leisure World of Modern Old Age: New Aging on the Bright Side of the Street? Franz Kolland

PART V: Persistent Dynamics Regarding the Technology Environment
 The Potential Influence of the Internet on the Transition to Older Adult Sara Czaja and Chin Chin Lee

 When Will Technology in the Home Improve the Quality of Life for Older Adults? Anne-Sophie Melenhorst, Wendy A. Rogers, and Arthur D. Fisk

 Technology and Chronic Conditions in Later Years: Reasons for New Hope William C. Mann and Sumi Helal

PART VI: New and Persistent Dynamics Regarding the Societal Environment
 New Aging and New Policy Responses: Reconstructing Gerontology in a Global Age Chris Phillipson

 The New Politics of Old Age Alan Walker

 Productivity in Old Age in Labor and Consumption Markets—The German Case Gerhard Naegele, Vera Gerling, and Karin Scharfenorth

PART VII: New Challenges
 Separating the Local and the General in Cross-Cultural Aging Research Svein Olav Daatland and Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

 Plasticity in Old Age: Micro- and Macroperspectives on Social Contexts Eva-Marie Kessler and Ursula M. Staudinger

 Index

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