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Quality of life in old age: international multi-disciplinary perspectives

Editors:
MOLLENKOPF Heidrun, WALKER Alan, (eds.)
Publisher:
Springer
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
260p.
Place of publication:
Heidelberg

This book brings together leading researchers on quality of life in old age to focus on one of the most important issues in both gerontology and quality of life studies. Quality of life is a holistic construct and assessed from many different perspectives and by many disciplines. As the concept of quality of life can be applied to practically all important domains of life, quality of life research has to include social, environmental, structural, and health related aspects and be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. There are very few texts available on this topic and none of an international and multi-disciplinary nature. Quality of life studies have neglected older people and, given the size and growth of this population, and this book systematically pursues a comprehensive perspective, and includes theoretical approaches and empirical findings with respect to the most important components of quality of life in old age. This book is designed to be a seminal text for both gerontology and quality of life researchers.

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New horizons research programme: the social exclusion of older people: future trends and policies: think piece

Authors:
WALKER Alan, et al
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Communities and Local Government
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
37p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This report intends to examine how the landscape of social exclusion is likely to change over the next five to 15 years and the policy implications of these changes. It also aims to highlight the most promising policy options in seeking to combat present and future social exclusion among older people.

Book

Half a century of promises: the failure to realise community care for older people

Author:
WALKER Alan
Publisher:
Counsel and Care
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
25p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Lecture on the theme of the failure of successive governments to realise the post-war aspiration of community care for older people.

Book

The caring relationship: elderly people and their families

Authors:
QURESHI Hazel, WALKER Alan
Publisher:
Macmillan
Publication year:
1989
Pagination:
303p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Based on interviews with a sample of people aged over 75 and their informal carers, investigates in depth what the caring relationship actually means to those elderly people and carers on a day to day basis.

Book

Ageing and social policy : a critical perspective

Editors:
PHILLIPSON Chris, WALKER Alan
Publisher:
Gower
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
334p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
Aldershot
Journal article

Active ageing: a strategic policy solution to demographic ageing in the European Union

Authors:
WALKER Alan, MALTBY Tony
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Social Welfare, 21(S1), October 2002, pp.S117-S130.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Across the European Union, there has been a shift from a society that is predominantly young to one which is dominated by older cohorts. The ageing of European countries has widespread implications for current and future social and economic policies across the region. This article examines the emergence of discourses on ageing at the EU level, in particular concentrating on those concerning the increasingly universal policy concept of ‘active ageing’.  The problem with active ageing is that it lacks a precise universally accepted definition. The dominant policy paradigm is the economic one of working longer. The main purposes of this article are to explain why this strategy has emerged and its importance. Despite a great deal of positive political rhetoric, the response at all levels of policy making has been rather limited. An active social and public policy is required to mainstream active ageing as the leading paradigm for ageing policy across the EU. The year 2012 has been designated the’ European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between the Generations’, and thus offers a potential focus for renewed policy action.

Book

Growing older in a black and ethnic minority group

Editors:
WALKER Alan, NORTHMORE Simon, (eds.)
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
56p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Growing older in a black and ethnic minority group represents the results in this area of four research studies from the ESRC Growing Older Programme 2005. The ESRC's Growing Older (GO) Programme is the largest social sciences research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK.

Journal article

Researching quality of life in old age

Authors:
WALKER Alan, MARTIMO Kristiina
Journal article citation:
Quality in Ageing, 1(1), September 2000, pp.8-14.
Publisher:
Pier Professional
Place of publication:
Brighton

This article focuses on researching quality of life in old age. Based on a review of the relevant literature, it argues that research has not reflected sufficiently the multifaceted nature of quality of life and has relied too much on the judgements of professionals rather than older people. It concludes that quality of life research in general has under-emphasised the importance of material factors in people's lives. With regard to older people, research shows that relatively poor quality of life, as reported by older people themselves, is associated with only a minority and, among this minority, twice the proportion of older women to men. The article ends with an outlines of the new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Growing Older Research Programme on Extending Quality Life, which in three years time promises to provide usable information for policy makers and practitioners about the determinants of quality of life in old age.

Journal article

Combating age discrimination in employment: education versus legislation

Authors:
TAYLOR Philip, WALKER Alan
Journal article citation:
Policy Studies, 16(3), Autumn 1995, pp.52-61.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Recent research can inform discussion about the best way to attack age discrimination in employment. The authors compare two main approaches.

Journal article

Commentary: the emergence and application of active aging in Europe

Author:
WALKER Alan
Journal article citation:
Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 21(1), January 2009, pp.75-93.
Publisher:
Routledge
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The traditional public discourse on ageing in Europe (poverty, welfare dependency, social and economic exclusion) has fragmented in recent years to encompass both neoliberal ideas (the economic burden of an ageing population) and broader notions that emphasise human rights, participation, social inclusion and opposition to age discrimination. The evolution of European Union policy discourse up to and beyond the Lisbon Strategy reflects both models: a narrow focus on employment issues; and a more comprehensive approach to active ageing. However, it is the former that continues to dominate policy instruments. Possible reasons for the failure of active ageing ideas to influence policy are examined, and a way forward based on seven principles is discussed.

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