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Author Stephens, Christine

Title Healthy Ageing : a Capability Approach to Inclusive Policy and Practice
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018

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Description 1 online resource (180 pages)
Series Critical Approaches to Health Ser
Critical Approaches to Health Ser
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Series editor preface; 1 Healthy ageing; Ageing population; Successful ageing; Healthism and denial of death; Ageism; Oppressive ideals; Individual responsibility; Can 'successful ageing' be saved?; Methodological issues; Conceptual framework; Alternative constructions of health; Quality of life; New definitions of healthy ageing; Conclusion; 2 Capabilities; A capabilities approach to healthy ageing; Functionings; Capabilities; Values; Justice and inequality; Capability and well-being; Capability rather than successful ageing
Social rather than individual responsibilityHealth and ageing bodies rather than healthism and denial of death; Freedom rather than oppression; Critiques of the Capability Approach; Capability and theories of ageing; Capability and social and critical theories; Health as capabilities; 3 Physical functioning; Physical functioning is valued; The disability paradox; Disabling social environments; Supportive housing; Designing for care; Housing design; Universal design; Age-friendly communities; Conclusion; 4 Security; Understanding security; Demographic ageing and the pension crisis
Security of economic resourcesSeeking security in later life; Secure housing; Secure communities; Health and health care; Social relationships; Future security; Capability to experience security; Conclusion; 5 Contribution; Valued contributions; Volunteering; Social participation; Reciprocity; Exclusion from contribution; Supporting the capability to contribute; Discourses of contribution; Alternative discourses of contribution; Conclusion; 6 Social connections; Social connections and well-being; Social network types; Valued social relationships; Barriers to social connectedness
Remediating isolation and lonelinessCommunity support for social connectedness; Age-friendly communities; Neighbourhoods; Social structures and inclusion; Housing; Connecting services; Conclusion; 7 Enjoyment; A good old age; Policy on pleasure; Valuing enjoyment; Capability to experience enjoyment; Constraints on enjoyment; Enhancing access to nature; Enjoying eating; Foregrounding enjoyment; Conclusion; 8 Autonomy; What is autonomy?; Maintaining independence; The tyranny of independence; Technologies of independence; Embracing interdependence; Autonomy in later life
Autonomy as a capabilityInterdependent identities; Everyday autonomy; Conclusion; 9 Research utilising the Capability Approach; Methodological development within the capability framework; Capabilities are intertwined; Supporting integrated capabilities; Home and self; Diversity; Integrating capabilities; Capabilities and the physical environment; Conclusions; References; Index
Summary What does it mean to age well? This important new book redefines what 'successful' ageing means, challenging the idea that physical health is the only criteria to gauge the ageing process and that an ageing population is necessarily a burden upon society. In an era where ageing has become such an important topic for policy makers, this is a robust and timely response that examines what it means to live well as an older person. It will be hugely valuable not only for students of gerontology and social care, but also professionals working in the field. Using Sen's Capability Approach as a theoretical starting point Healthy Ageing: A Capability Approach to Inclusive Policy and Practice outlines a nuanced perspective that transcends the purely biomedical view, recognising ideas of resilience, as well as the experiences of older people themselves in determining what it means to age well. It builds to provide a comprehensive response to the overarching discourse that successful ageing is simply about eating well and exercising, acknowledging not only that older people are not always able to follow such advice, but also that well-being is mediated by factors beyond the physical
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Subject Aging and Health
Critical psychology.
Gerontology (Ageing)
Active Ageing
Active Aging
Aging.
Biomedical
Capabilities Approach
Chronic Illness
Disabilities.
Disease
Clinical health psychology.
Independance
Inequalities
Mortality.
Older people.
Political planning.
Resilience
Sen
Social Engagement
Social policy.
Social status.
Successful Ageing
Successful Aging
Well-being.
Older people -- Government policy.
Well-being -- Age factors.
mortality.
elderly.
public policy.
social status.
Aging.
Clinical health psychology.
Critical psychology.
Disabilities.
Mortality.
Older people.
Older people -- Government policy.
Social policy.
Well-being.
Well-being -- Age factors.
Form Electronic book
Author Breheny, Mary
ISBN 9781317272991
1317272994