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The concept of 'ageing well' in ten Latin American countries

Authors:
FERNANDEZ-BALLESTEROS R., et al
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 30(1), January 2010, pp.41-56.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

A review of several studies examining the lay concept of successful ageing and related concepts leads to the conclusion that older people from different cultures appear to agree on most of the components identified in the literature. From the research emerges a multidimensional conceptualisation of ‘successful ageing’ that is described on the basis of physical, emotional, cognitive and social domains, and which coincides with most theoretical and empirical definitions. The main goal of the present research is to study similarities and differences between concepts of ‘successful ageing’ in several Latin American and European countries and in two different age groups, and also to examine whether a similar structure of the lay concept can be found across both continents. The results show minor differences at item levels among countries, continents and age groups, and a similar internal structure across them.

Book

The World ageing situation: exploring a society for all ages

Author:
UNITED NATIONS. Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Publisher:
United Nations. Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
131p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
New York

Presents an overview of the many global issues around an ageing population. Contains chapters on: development and the ageing of populations in Africa; ageing rural populations in South East and East Asia; the situation of older people in newly industrialised countries of East Asia; the situation of older women in the Latin Americal region; global ageing and intergenerational equity issue; and rewriting lifemaps.

Book

Social welfare in Latin America

Editors:
DIXON John, SCHEURELL Robert
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
217p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Contains chapters on: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay.

Book

Community empowerment: a reader in participation and development

Editors:
CRAIG Gary, MAYO Marjorie
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
229p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Reviews contemporary campaigns for community participation and empowerment with examples from Europe, the USA, Australia, South and South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. Critically assesses developments in the mixed economy of welfare in terms of their relevance for self-help and community participation. Considers the concept of empowerment and its relation to public policy and developments within social movements. Includes case studies.

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Effects of education and culture on the validity of the Geriatric Mental State and its AGECAT algorithm

Authors:
PRINCE Martin, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 185(11), November 2004, pp.429-436.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Geriatric Mental State (GMS) is the most widely used psychiatric research assessment for older persons. Evidence for validity comes from the developed world. The aims was to assess the validity of GMS/AGECAT organicity and depression diagnoses in 26 centres in India, China, Latin America and Africa. The authors studied 2941 persons aged 60 years and over: 742 people with dementia and three groups free of dementia (697 with depression, 719 with high and 783 with low levels of education). Local clinicians diagnosed dementia (DSM–IV) and depression (Montgomery–Åsberg Depression Rating Scale score 18). For dementia diagnosis GMS/AGECAT performed well in many centres but educational bias was evident. Specificity was poor in India and sensitivity sub-optimal in Latin America. A predictive algorithm excluding certain orientation items but including interviewer judgements improved upon the AGECAT algorithm. For depression, sensitivity was high. The EURO–D depression scale, derived from GMS items using European data, has a similar factor structure in Latin America, India and, to a lesser extent, China. Valid, comprehensive mental status assessment across cultures seems achievable in principle.

Book

Social policy review 12

Editors:
DEAN Hartley, SKYES Robert, WOODS Roberta
Publisher:
Social Policy Association
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
372p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Collection of essays on social policy with sections on: rethinking policy in the welfare-to-work state; substantive policy developments in the UK; and social exclusion in a global context.

Book

Ageing, social security and affordability

Editors:
MARMOR Theodore R., DE JONG Philip R.
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
365p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Collection of papers looking at spending on pensions and medical care for older people and their place in the debate about the desirability and affordability of modern social programmes. Includes chapters on: social assistance in the member states of the European Union; the relationship between social and occupational security; an international comparison of legal indexation of social security benefits; the hidden liabilities of public pension plans in twelve EU countries; pensions in transition in the United States and Japan; transitional effects of a change in the Spanish pension system; financing old age in Singapore; pay as you go versus funded system of financing pensions in Central and Eastern Europe; pension system reform in Latin America; equity, cost containment and efficiency in health care; health care reform; the social and economic consequences of delaying a political decision concerning reform of health care in Poland; the role of government in the provision and financing of long term care for older people; the impact of the evolution of health expectancy in future public health care expenditure; and forecasts of future disabled and institutionalised US populations 195 to 2040.

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